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

This effort is being made due to the falling numbers of students sitting the exam each year which, the regional examination body has highlighted as a major concern.

Myrick Smith, the CXC registrar for Antigua and Barbuda, stated that Alan Cobley, vice chancellor at the University of the West Indies (UWI), received the mandate in December during a meeting of the CXC council in St. Kitts. He said delegates at that meeting made several recommendations to improve the syllabus.

The recommendations include making Caribbean History compulsory, pushing governments and education ministries to highlight the importance of the subject, 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.