Sixteen students from across the region are set to receive this year’s Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Regional Awards for Outstanding Achievement in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), May/June 2008 examinations.

According to CXC’s Assistant Registrar (Public Information), Cleveland Sam, “the CXC has been granting these awards since 1988….It is something the students really look forward to.”

Mr. Sam revealed that this year’s awardees would be from the CARICOM countries of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. He added that eight of the awards would be granted to persons who sat the CAPE while the other half would be granted to recipients of the CSEC.

Top CAPE student, Jordanna Deane, of Trinidad and Tobago, received 10 grade ones while the overall outstanding student in the CSEC Examinations was Yana-Marrisa M. Edwards of Guyana, who received 14 grade ones and one grade 2.

CAPE awards will be presented in the areas of Business Studies, Computer Science, Humanities, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Natural Sciences and Technical Studies. Meanwhile, awards for outstanding achievement in the CSEC examinations will be presented in the areas of Humanities, Science, Business, Technical/Vocational, Best Short Story, Visual Arts-Two Dimensional and Visual Arts-Three Dimensional.

This year’s awards will be presented at the Annual Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Meeting to be held on December 4th and 5th at the Hilton Barbados, Needhams Point, St. Michael.

The meeting will see the election of a new chairman of the CXC as well as the selection of new members to serve on the Council’s various committees.

Recently-installed Registrar of the CXC, Dr. Didacus Jules, is also expected to discuss the new strategic vision for the Council as the organisation enters a new triennium in 2009.

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