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Contact: Claudia Monlouis


Monday, October 12, 2009 – The Ministry of Education and Culture is giving serious consideration to introducing the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence Exam, also called the CCSLC, in the next academic year. The programme, in effect from 2007 in other Caribbean islands, will see its first local sitting in 2010.


Assistant Registrar for Public Information and Customer Services at the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Mr. Cleveland Sam and Girard Felix, a Syllabus Officer, were recently on the island promoting the CCSLC.  During their visit here, CCSLC orientation workshops were held for teachers.


“Mr. Philip along with other resource persons is doing orientation workshops for teachers in five areas for the CCSLC: English, Mathematics, Integrated Science. Social Studies, and foreign languages French and Spanish,” explained Mr. Sam.


The exam, the CXC official added, was developed specifically for third form students.


“Several Caribbean territories are moving to develop national examinations for the third form. In 2004 CXC brought together the Chief Education Officers from the 16 participating territories which the council serves to discuss the fact that all of these countries are devising these national examinations,” he said.


The meeting concluded that CXC would prepare an exam for third formers, so that it can have regional currency and portability for parents, who will be moving across the region with their children.    


 “A certificate will be awarded after a candidate achieves a minimum of competencies in five subjects within a three year period,” said the CXC official.


Further, he said, there will be no candidate fee for the CCLSC, however; the subjects developed by CXC will each incur  $BD 20.00.  Additional charges will also be applicable locally and at the level of the Caribbean Examinations Council. For more information interested persons can visit the website

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