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Universities calling for CXC requirements from VI students – local CXC Registrar

- Students urged to sit CXC Exams
Local CXC registrar Jillian Douglas-Phillip at the press conference yesterday May 29, 2012 Photo: VINO
 (L-R) Minister of Education Hon. Myron Walwyn, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Ms. Marcia Potter, CEO and Regional CXC Registrar Dr. Didacus Jules, Senior Assistant CXC Registrar Dr. Gordan Harewood and local CXC Registrar Jillian Douglas-Phillip. Photo: VINO
(L-R) Minister of Education Hon. Myron Walwyn, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Ms. Marcia Potter, CEO and Regional CXC Registrar Dr. Didacus Jules, Senior Assistant CXC Registrar Dr. Gordan Harewood and local CXC Registrar Jillian Douglas-Phillip. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Students of the Virgin Islands (VI) equipped with their School Leaving Certificates who wish to further their studies overseas are being side-burned by universities in the United States (US) and England due to the fact that they did not complete any examinations from the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).

Local CXC Registrar Jillian Douglas-Phillip said the universities applied to by students of the Virgin Islands (VI) who do not hold a CXC certificate, are calling in hopes to acquire certificates for the said students.

Mrs. Phillip made this statement at a press conference which was hosted by the Minister for Education Hon. Myron Walwyn, Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Dr. Marcia Potter, Chief Executive Officer and Regional CXC Registrar Dr. Didacus Jules and Senior Assistant CXC Registrar Dr. Gordan Harewood at the Central Administrative Complex on May 29, 2012.

The Conference was held as a result of a visit made by CXC Officials in an effort to raise the awareness and show the importance of CXC to the people living in the VI.

The local registrar stated that calls being received from different universities in England and the United States of America are asking for student’s CXC results for admittance into the schools.

She said that for individuals of the Virgin Islands to be globally competitive, it is important for them to have the necessary requirements that can allow them to comfortably and easily travel abroad to further their studies.

Mrs. Phillip stated that on a very sad note, students of the Virgin Islands need to recognise the importance of CXC in their academic lives. She said that the students are doing well but only a small percentage of them complete CXC courses.

“There were 252 graduates at the secondary level last year and only 150 of the group did CXC courses.”

She added that over the years, the few students that write CXC subjects specifically CXC Mathematics and English do very well when compared to other OECS countries. “The students in the VI have the potential to tackle CXC subjects.”

“One reason why individuals in the BVI are not sitting CXC exams is because of lack of knowledge.”

She said many people living in the VI do not know about CXC and its importance of how far it can take one in life and its acceptance and accreditation in top schools around the globe.

Local Registrar Phillip stated that because of the present education system, students are now realising that CXC now plays a huge role for individuals who wish to study overseas and getting into proper universities.

“Through the visits from the CXC officials it will help sensitise the community and show them what CXC is all about. We are hoping that this visit will help the community realise the importance of CXC,” said Mrs. Phillip.

She noted that the visit will be able to push the mandate of CXC in schools forward so that the students within the VI would become globally competitive individuals who are productive in any society.

Meanwhile, Minister for Education Hon. Walwyn stated that deliberations will be made in efforts of making CXC compulsory in all schools to ensure that all the students of the VI has the opportunity and ability to sit the Caribbean Examination Council examination.

The public is invited to discourse with the CXC officials today Wednesday, May 30 at a public meeting at the Sir Rupert Briefcliffe Hall at 7 p.m. Virgin Gorda residents are invited to a public meeting on Thursday, May 31 at the Catholic Community Centre at 7 p.m.

30 Responses to “Universities calling for CXC requirements from VI students – local CXC Registrar”

  • Fact (30/05/2012, 07:40) Like (0) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is pure BS, and I don't mean Bachelor Degree. The Virgin Islands needs to concentrate on its accreditation instead of moving backwards with this BS. What is Myron going to do next, introduce the Caribbean Currency (EC Dollar)?
    • Jinx (30/05/2012, 11:15) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Fact you are such an idiot. We are a British country not america! We do not need accreditation!! It is obvious you dont know the importants of cxc you need to do some research on it and stop posting crap. I am just sick of these small minded people on this island.
      • Convenience (30/05/2012, 17:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Mr. Jinx, when you a$$ came to the BVI chasing the United States DOLLAR you didn't know we were a British Colony then. So if you don't like what we want in our own country go to hell back home. Acredditation you say is US, well so are all the colleges we BV Islanders attend, so what's your point? Cedar School is acreddited and they ar pulling down up to $16,000 per student. Why is that? It mist be worth something, you mooron.
  • What (30/05/2012, 07:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wait, The SAT is used to gain admission to college, I dont really understand as only some schools with open admissions would allow you to enter with a high school diploma so why this push for CXC.
  • dam say (30/05/2012, 08:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This cxc thing is going backwards we should find out what the US and UK along with Caribbean Universities require and move towards that. I see no record that is cxc
  • Wow (30/05/2012, 08:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would like for the Local CXC Registrar to provide us with the names of the Universities in the UK and the US that are asking students for CXC requirements. This is a bunch of Hogwash. What happen to the Accreditation for our schools. It seems that everything the past Minister put in place the current Minister doesn't want anything to do with it, even if is something good. Dr. Smith you need to put a rein on these people you appointed as Ministers. It seems that you all don't care what the people who elected you thing or what they want. It is all about you all. I'm absolutely fed up.
  • Well Sah (30/05/2012, 08:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Forget this CXC nonsense, the majority of our students that attend college goes to the US anyway. so what's the big deal.
    • lol (31/05/2012, 00:36) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      BECAUSE SINCE WE DO NOT DO SAT THE REQUIRE THE CXC! which American can walk into a college and say i want to go here with out their required documents. i suggest before people start talking what they dont know do your research and come correct.
  • Oh Please (30/05/2012, 10:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    A pack of BULL. Which universities in the US asking for CXC? What happen to accreditation.? This minister is hell bent on stopping everything good that was started. We going backwards real fast with this Dr. Smith, Ronnie, Archie, Picko, when are you guys going to put a stop to Myron, when he done turn the system upside down? This man will be a one termer. Look at all the mess he's creating for somebody else to clean up. Mrs. Phillip and Dr. Potter only rubber stamping all the crap he doing they should be advising him not just carrying out HIS agenda. Education going down the hill fast, fast, fast. Andrew at least use to listen and was approachable. And not only that he was in the system. Get the accreditation going Boss.
  • Please try (30/05/2012, 10:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    All of us need to be true to ourselves. Wonder what convinced Mrs. Phillips to follow that path away from what I am sure she knows is not correct and not right for the BRITISH Virgin Islands. Preparedness for integration into the benefits and responsibilities do not under Globalization does not require us to immense ourselves in failing regional institutions which by admission of their own leadership is of target in meeting the needs of the eastern Caribbean given its socio-political and economic reality. This is fiction crafted to maintain jobs for unproductive and unimaginative bigots who assume a right to lead the Caribbean because of first reaching the line into "elite education status". Pure rubbish and a big insult to all British Virgin Islanders.
    • you wish (30/05/2012, 11:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      She don't have a clue of what she ah talk..and imagine funny man pushing she to be the chief education officer...boy as the clock ticks we are heading in a another ditch fast fast!!!
    • Crank Shaft (30/05/2012, 14:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      So you think the crappy school leaving examination which have had tainted results in the past, is better than the internationally recognized CXC Exams? You cannot judge the other Caribbean Islands based on examinations. If they don't have the econimic system like we have they will struggle regardless of their qualifications. The BVI is in a different position and we should act as such. Nobody is telling us to copy any island. The school leaving examination covers some of the same things as CXC, CXC just goes a bit deeper. Our own HLSCC recognizes the CXC results which gives exemptions from intro subjects. What is your suggestion?
      • facts man (31/05/2012, 05:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Tented results? Bring the evidents forward crazy man!! Oh I though so you got none
  • Crank Shaft (30/05/2012, 10:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When Myron said it they almost killed him talking crap about Universities don't look for CXC. Of course they do!
  • Locally made (30/05/2012, 11:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Seems to me like most of us are afraid to accept the challenge and will settle for mediocrity. CXC has always been they way to go but we prefer the easy way out. That has always been our style but it is slowly catching up with us.
    • Crank Shaft (30/05/2012, 14:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      EXACTLY!! Many of the jobs here ask for CXC as well. If a recent graduate with just a school leaving cert. goes up against another candidate that has the certificate PLUS CXC who do you think will be considered? This backwards bulls$$t needs to stop because we are hurting the kids. We telling the kids CXC is island man nonsense but then when they can't get a job then we blame the same island man and telling them s$$t about being held back in their country. We are the ones holding them back and they will soon realize it and the rebellion won't be nice!!!! Regardless of what yo uthink about CXC or other islands. What harm can be done by having the kids compete at a higher level? We just stuck in this ignorant, entitled backwards way and we don't want to budge.
      • Well Sah (30/05/2012, 17:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        You point is the main reason why this nonsense exam should not be required for anything in our country if it is not recognized here by the school system. The government need to make it illegal for any company here requiring any CXC in order to obtain employment. The CXC exam is not recognize here and should not be a requirement for anything unless the school system here makes it a requirement.
        • The Watcher (30/05/2012, 20:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Are you serious. CXC is a very important benchmark to assess our children. Most colleges accept CXCs over our high school certificate. We have to stop being afraid of change and embrace the challenge to move our children forward
        • lol (31/05/2012, 00:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          who tell you its not recognized? even my mother did CXC and she graduated in 85. So who give you your info?
  • rat tail (30/05/2012, 15:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    never heard a trust company or a government job asking for a cxc so why they wasting our valuable time on this?????
  • Since you know (30/05/2012, 15:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    The only school in the US that accepts CXC that I know of is Devry, and I just complete my degree in the US. So they need to give us a. Listing of colleges/universities that accepts CXC
    • Well Sah (30/05/2012, 17:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      List of schools that accept or require the CXC in the U.S. 1. Devry the one that you went to that's it.
      • lol (31/05/2012, 00:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        JWU, Kaplan, Phoenix, UMass, NYU you still want more its either CXC or SAT its not much people of SAT here although you can do it
  • making sports (30/05/2012, 18:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    poor myron he tryin ah ting but he not ready to walk in Andrew Fahie's shoes when coming to action in education.....
  • sales man (30/05/2012, 18:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    On what basis does Myron need a cxc examination benchmark??? come on sell this to we the people...
  • move it (30/05/2012, 22:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i thought the cxc is some old pre independant thing..this is 2012 get with it..move the system from good to great!
  • lol (31/05/2012, 00:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    you can tell how much of you actually leave this island to go to school. the cxc are needed and i am from here i can tell you that! every university i attended asked for either you SAT or your CXC. Get ya'll fax straight and thats just state side, this aint nothing to do if it from down island or up island, i had a talk with a 5th former tonight self about this cause she anit do none. HLSCC is only a stepping stone aint everybody sticks with the piece of paper from there. i did 2 years there and had to do them over. children do listen to these foolish remarks do your cxc its worth it! them doing cxc since my mothers time now all of a sudden its a problem what wrong with you folk like seriously and i am 23 with 3 degrees so i know what i am talking about.
  • lol (31/05/2012, 00:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    and if you all didn't know the student that leave from here and was not born in America are considered international students and pays a higher rate to go to school even those who come from Iraq and China need there ESL's. You all here like fools asking why they must take CXC's. If you all don't want to better your selves don't do it on the expense of the children coming up behind you.
  • jack be still (31/05/2012, 07:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cxc for premier

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