Former regional CXC head urges implementation of CPEA

first_imgFormer registrar of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Dr. Didacus Jules is calling on some Caribbean countries, including Dominica, to implement the common assessment that determines the competencies of Grade Six students at the primary school level. Dr Jules, who is currently director general of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) told a press conference in Dominica on Wednesday 22 April 2015, that CXC developed the region wide Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA), which replaces the Common Entrance Examination. Dominica moved away from Common Entrance Examinations and adopted the Grade Six National Assessment (G6NA) in 2006. Dr Jules said the CPEA makes it easier for students to be accepted into secondary schools outside of their home country. “That exam is a radically different type of exam because it does not place the same pressure on students as the Common Entrance does and there is much better performance”.Dr Jules explained that the CPEA is not “a one-shot exam” since the students develop a portfolio the year preceding the exam and there is a lot of practice work. “So what they present in the exam is not just the performance in the exam itself, but their performance in class in the year preceding the exam…the exam is comparable across the region,” Dr. Jules added. According to the CXC website, CPEA is an assessment of the literacies required by all pupils exiting the primary school system.The focus of this assessment is on a set of literacies, including Mathematical, Language, Civic and Scientific, which are common to all primary curricula across the region and are necessary for students to achieve at higher levels of education.Grenada and Anguilla are among Caribbean countries that have implemented the CPEA. Share Sharing is caring! EducationLocalNewsPrimary Former regional CXC head urges implementation of CPEA by: Dominica Vibes News – April 23, 2015 Sharecenter_img 412 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharelast_img