Member countries in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are being encouraged to model the BVI’s education system, which has been receiving notable praise from some education officials in the region.
Among those officials that have recognized the territory for its educational accomplishments is Director General of the OECS, Dr Didacus Jules.
While congratulating the BVI for topping the OECS in the number of CXC passes for two consecutive years, Dr Jules said: “The approach taken by BVI needs to be studied by other member states.”
“After deciding to make CSEC their benchmark exam, they (the BVI) worked with CXC to train all their teachers so that they understood the CXC methodology and the required pedagogy. Every teacher was provided with a kit for each subject that (s)he was to teach – comprising study guide, syllabus, past papers – and all teachers were trained in the use of Notesmaster as an online learning platform. These and other measures including working closely with parents are the ingredients to their success,” Dr Jules said this week.
The British Virgin Islands topped the OECS by producing the most students to pass five or more CXC subjects in one sitting this year. The territory also earned this achievement after the 2017 CXC exams.
CXC stands for Caribbean Examination Council and is the regional body that administers annual benchmark exams at the secondary and undergraduate levels.
The 46-year-old regional council has 16 member countries – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, and Turks & Caicos Islands.