Teachers and students in Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean, will now be able to access all Caribbean Examination Council’s syllabi from the comfort of their classrooms or homes.
Thanks to a Memorandum of Understanding just signed between the Barbados-based CXC and telecommunications provider Columbus, which trades as Flow. CXC Registrar Dr. Didacus Jules said the agreement will push the council “big time” into the digital realm.
“All of our syllabi will now be online. CXC will be able to offer new generation subjects such as CAPE Music and CAPE Performing Arts,” added Jules.
The MOU will see the council benefiting from the telecom company’s extensive regional fibre optic and broadband capacity and utilising its digital television platforms to bring cutting-edge classes to students in Barbados and across the region.
Jules revealed that one of the future initiatives was for the 6,000 teachers who mark examination papers each year, to be able to do it electronically from home, rather than travelling to testing sites or to other islands.
“It is a logistical challenge each year to move more than 2,000 teachers in the span of two weeks across the Caribbean to mark papers,” the CXC registrar pointed out. “Working with Columbus will allow us to capitalise on their bandwidth access to make this process more cost- efficient and seamless,” he explained. Jules stated, too, that the council intended to reach out to more stakeholders beyond the various ministries of education.
The educator said the plan was to use Flow’s capacity to power updated websites with integrated technologies, which would allow the deaf and visually impaired students to be able to access their sites. Managing Director of Columbus in Barbados, Niall Sheehy suggested that the partnership with CXC was the start of many projects on which his company was embarking to leverage its technology in order to enable the teaching and learning in schools in Barbados.
“Already, the BEF $20 Challenge for 4th and 5th formers, which we announced in April, is well underway towards achieving the aims of teaching students about entrepreneurship,” the Flow top administrator noted.
“In early 2014, we will begin to deliver free internet and cable to the schools in our serviceable areas, which will give them the connectivity, to fully realise the benefits of our partnership with CXC,” he continued. (EJ)