The decision to remove the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) from the secondary schools’ curriculum has been finalised.
Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley said CAPE will now only be pursued at the H Lavity Stoutt Community College (HLSCC).
“CAPE is being removed because it is more appropriately offered on the tertiary level, which happens throughout the Caribbean and the UK,” he said after giving remarks at Elmore Stoutt High School’s 2019 Graduation ceremony on Thursday.
He added: “A degree from HLSCC will allow students to matriculate to tertiary institutions in the UK, US and at the University of the West Indies (UWI).”
The Minister also said that a number of other decisions are to be made in the not-too-distant future to further improve the current education system.
“In the coming weeks, I will be making a decision on the additional year of secondary school which was recently implemented. And in short order, the ministry will be conducting a comprehensive review pre-primary, primary, secondary, technical and vocational education,” Dr Wheatley stated.
The former educator added: “We will be evaluating the Education Act, our policies, our school administration, the quality of our facilities, of our teachers, of our curriculum, our support to students with special needs, along with many other things.”
Minister Wheatley further said that the graduation requirements will also be placed under review. Things to be reviewed will include the exit proficiency exam, the community service programme, and the courses needed to satisfy the credit hours.
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