CXC addresses decline in Caribbean history

Antigua Observer: The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) has established a regional committee that will be tasked with recommending ways in which the syllabus for Caribbean History could be revived to make it more attractive to students.

This is in an effort to address the falling numbers of students sitting the exam each year, which the regional examination body highlighted as a major concern in 2016. Myrick Smith, the CXC registrar for Antigua and Barbuda, said, on the weekend, that Alan Cobley, vice chancellor at the University of the West Indies (UWI), received the mandate in December during a meeting of CXC’s council in St. Kitts.

He said delegates at that meeting made several recommendations to improve the syllabus and it is now up to Cobley and his team to determine the next course of action. The recommendations include: making Caribbean History compulsory, pushing governments and education ministries into taking history more seriously and placing more emphasis on training for history teachers.

Smith also suggested that history should become a component of every subject taught in secondary schools.


  1. Anderson Reynolds
    January 8, 2018 at 9:09 am Reply

    but why not make it mandatory, in my undergraduate program in the US American History was mandatory

  2. diane
    January 8, 2018 at 9:16 am Reply

    CXC is money making right now. Maths have been a big issue for students through out the years yet nothing is been done to simplify the exam. Why is it the the exam is made so difficult to students and they have to keep on repeating the exam just to get 1/2/3 this is ridiculous.

    1. TOO FAST
      January 9, 2018 at 7:35 am Reply


  3. Everton
    January 8, 2018 at 9:31 am Reply

    I support it being a part of other subject. CompCompulsory 1-3 form

    January 8, 2018 at 9:35 am Reply

    Change the syllabus first, from my memory of what I was taught in Caribbean History and what I learnt later on in life, what I was taught was complete lies.

    And there’s tonnes of evidence which contradicts what was/is (not sure if it changed) being taught as Caribbean History.

  5. TC
    January 8, 2018 at 10:43 am Reply

    i believed that this course should be changed to world history rather. I feel persons will then be more excited about the course then.

  6. flower
    January 8, 2018 at 11:08 am Reply

    Just give us true documented history cause i learned the true caribbean history online not at school……..

  7. Dr. Margaret Nakhid-Chatoor
    January 8, 2018 at 1:02 pm Reply

    As a past teacher of Caribbean History at both the CXC and CAPE levels, students are excited to learn when teachers make it relevant to who they are and what they are becoming. There are many factors which account for the declining grades. These include:
    1. Insufficient knowledge by teachers of student pedagogy and learning styles of students.
    2. International interference of monetary lending agencies which have stipulated that Caribbean History should be subsumed into a Social Studies curriculum and not stand on its own.
    3. Lack of motivation and civic responsibility on the part of educational administrators to put Caribbean History on the front burner, as a necessary part of the identity formation of the Caribbean learner.

    Until we take who we are as a Caribbean people, with a distinct history seriously, no one else will!

    January 9, 2018 at 7:38 am Reply

    Y’all should focus on helping with maths as it is already a compulsory subject. Maths is becoming way too hard. Cxc is bringing topics students haven’t learned in school. January exams this year was very hard. How are we supposed to get 1,2,3 if we can’t even get past the first section.

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