Students at the Virgin Islands School of Technical Studies (VISTS) recorded an impressive 77 percent pass rate in the Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQ) exams this year.
The CVQs — which are administered by the Caribbean Examination Council, more commonly known as CXC — is based on a competency-based approach to student training and assessment.
During these exams, candidates were tasked to demonstrate that they were competent in achieving occupational standards that are set by practitioners, industry experts, and employers in the region.
VISTS students demonstrated the greatest level of competence in cosmetology, bartending, and commercial food preparation — subjects areas in which the BVI recorded 100 percent passes.
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While divulging those results in the House of Assembly on Friday, Education Minister Myron Walwyn called on his successor to facilitate continued investment in the technical school.
“I want to say to whoever the minister for education is going to be after the election to continue to support that school,” Walwyn said.
“The school needs some expansion because there are some new programmes that we want to get into. We want to expand into construction, we want to expand into agriculture, we want to expand into many different areas because that school is going to produce those skilled labourers that we’ve been lacking in a long, long, long time.”
These strong results from the CVQs follow news of the territory’s remarkable performance in two other CXC-administered exams — Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).
The BVI recorded an 87.7 percent pass rate in CSEC this year and a 100 percent pass rate at the CAPE level.
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