Features — 01 December 2015 — by Adele Ramos
Belize to host CXC governance meetings this week

BELIZE CITY, Mon. Nov. 30, 2015–The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) announced this week that Belize, the only country in Central America to sit the exam, will be hosting the 2015 annual governance meetings of CXC. An official press release announced that, “The meeting of the School Examinations Committee (SEC) will be held on Thursday, 3 December 2015 and the 47th Meeting of the Council will be held on Friday, 4th December at the Radisson Hotel.”

The SEC deals with examinations and technical issues, while the Council deals with administrative, staff and financial matters.

The Council meeting will be officially opened with a formal ceremony on Thursday next week at the Best Western Hotel, Belize City, where Belize’s Education Minister, Hon. Patrick Faber, is slated to deliver the feature address. Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, CXC chairman, and Glenroy Cumberbatch, CXC Registrar, are also slated to speak at the event.

During the opening ceremony, nine CAPE awardees and eight CSEC awardees from Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will be presented with the regional top awards.

“This year Cecil Cox, a student of Queen’s College in Guyana, will become the first CSEC regional top awardee to receive a CAPE regional top award. He will receive the Dennis Irvine Award for Most Outstanding performance in the May/June 2015 CAPE sitting,” the Caribbean Examinations Council said.

Brandon Judnarine, the Most Outstanding Candidate Overall in the May/June CSEC examinations, will become the first student from a school in Antigua and Barbuda to win a Regional Top Award. Judnarine, will speak on behalf of the awardees.

Cox earned 13 grade ones and 1 grade 2 while Judnarine got 22 CSEC passes.

According to the CXC release, the awardees will pay courtesy calls on His Excellency, Sir Colville Young, Governor General of Belize; Honourable Dean Barrow, Prime Minister; Leader of the Opposition Honourable Francis Fonseca, as well as Minister Faber.

They will get to see some of Belize’s world famous attractions, such as the Xunantunich archaeological site.

Ahead of the SEC and Council meetings, a CXC team is scheduled to meet with principals and teachers on Wednesday, December 2, as part of CXC’s stakeholder engagement program.
Belize last hosted the CXC governance meetings in 1993.

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