Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Dr. Wayne Wesley has called for overhauling the region’s education system from a failure to an achievement approach.
“I think it is time that we consider an education system that is transformed, moving away from a failure approach where we begin to speak more of what students have not achieved and move into the realm of speaking of what students have achieved,” Wesley said.
He spoke at a ceremony in St Kitts and Nevis last week, where officials released the May/June 2023 CXC results.
“It is much better for us to affirm the confidence of a child than to speak negatively to that child’s well-being and prosperity,” the CXC official declared to applause from the audience.
Wesley asserted that such a move would stop the propensity and inclination to blame aspects of the education system.
He spoke of resisting the urge to blame students, parents, teachers, principals, Ministers and Ministries of Education.
“What has evolved over the years is a system that creates segregation and we need to break that system down,” Wesley stated.
According to the CXC official, quality education would only be achieved if every child gets the opportunity to realise their full potential.
As a result, Wesley called for creating a system that accommodates every child.