The Curaçao Chronicle writes that a 11-member delegation from the Dutch Caribbean territories of St Eustatius and Saba will visit the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) in Barbados on 29 and 30 January 2015.The team will be on a fact-finding mission to gain a better understanding of CXC and its examinations. This, following recommendations that the language of instruction in schools in St Eustatius changes from Dutch to English and that the island adopt the CXC examination structure as an internationally recognised system in the English language.
While in Barbados, the team will meet with CXC officers representing various divisions to gain a better understanding of CXC and its examinations and qualifications.
Members of the delegation will spend half day observing teaching of various CXC offerings at the St Michael School and meet with the principal and other senior school officials to discuss how CXC programmes are implemented.
The delegation is being led by Reynolds Oleana, deputy head of Overseas Department, Dutch ministry of education and policy advisor on secondary education for Bonaire, St Eustatius and Saba.
The delegation also includes Maritsa Silberie, policy advisor at Overseas Department, Dutch ministry of education, who also has responsibility for the language projects in the Caribbean Netherlands; Angela Dekker, coordinator of the transition to English as the language of instruction on St Eustatius.
Other members of the delegation are the principals of the Gwendoline van Putten School on St Eustatius and the Saba Comprehensive School; chairperson of the Gwendoline van Putten School board; director of the Expertise Centre Education Care (ECE) and board-member of the Gwendoline van Putten School; teachers’ coach at the Gwendoline van Putten School and the Saba Comprehensive School; communication advisor of Overseas Department, Dutch ministry of education and coordinator of the language projects on St Eustatius and Saba; Unit leader at the Saba Comprehensive School and a teacher at the Gwendoline van Putten School.
Glenroy Cumberbatch, registrar of CXC said, “CXC is extremely happy to see the interest being shown in its examinations and qualifications by the Dutch territories. It signals one aspect of the expansion strategy CXC has been pursuing in the last five years is paying dividends. The other pillar of this strategy is expanding to offer CXC examinations in the Diaspora within the next two years.”
Last year, CXC hosted a similar visit of a delegation from the Saba Comprehensive School as well as a visit by the Netherlands Inspectorate of Education.
CXC examinations are currently offered in the Dutch-speaking territories of St Maarten, Saba and Suriname.