Regional Nursing Body Meets in Guyana

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Nurses from across the Caribbean Community are currently gathered at the CARICOM Secretariat for the Forty-Fourth General Meeting of the Regional Nursing Body. The meeting got underway on Tuesday with an opening ceremony and will continue until Friday August 11, 2017. (more…)

Regional education sector gets technological boost with launch of CXC Connect

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Did you know that CXC students can now access their examination results via mobile devices such as cell phones and tablets?

The education sector recently got this technological boost with the launch of a new App by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) called CXC Connect, which gives students, parents and teachers the ability to access CXC results as well as a host of other information via the click of a button on a mobile device. The app is being launched in four CARICOM Member States, namely, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and Guyana. The first launch event was held in Barbados. Check out the clip below for highlights from the event as well as an explanation of how you can access examination results using the App.

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App development critical to Single ICT Space – CARICOM official

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The development of applications such as the recently launched CXC Connect, is critical to the CARICOM Single ICT Space.

Speaking at the Guyana launch of the application on Monday, 31 July, 2017, Deputy Programme Manager ICT4D at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, Ms. Jennifer Britton said that the Single ICT Space was one of the initiatives undertaken by the CARICOM Secretariat which linked strongly to the launch and utility of CXC Connect.

“The Single ICT space is a major transformational project for the CARICOM region.  It will provide and support the digital layer of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).  Apps which provide and use CARICOM content are of singular importance to the Single ICT space”, she said at the launch, which was held at the Giftland Mall at Turkeyen.

The App, the first mobile application of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) – a CARICOM Institution –  has a newsfeed which pulls content from CXC social media spaces with push notifications for specific messages. With the App, students, parents and teachers can use their mobile devices to check examination results which will be available in August. There is also a chat feature which appears in five discussion categories and connects users to a CXC agent. Other features of the App include a frequently asked questions library, new subject releases. CXC Connect is designed for Android and iOS devices, including mobile phones and tablets, and can be downloaded from the Apple Store and the Google Play Store.

Alluding to emerging trends in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Ms. Britton said that is was evident that Apps were the “oxygen of the Internet and the Internet Economy.”
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CXC launches first interactive Mobile App

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Forget walking with CXC certificates and hoping not to lose or crease them and forget not having your credentials when you bump into a potential employer on the street. With the new CXC Connect mobile app those days are gone.

The job landscape for millennials is going to look very different and the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) is seeking to be an efficient and effective tool for students who will be future employees and employers.

With the newly launched CXC Connect app, not only can students access their examination results in real-time as soon as they are released, they can have them in their pocket via their smart phones wherever they go.

Over the past couple of years some students, parents and even educators have complained about the late arrival of the examination results, and though pains are being taken to help return grades earlier, at least now with the app, there is no waiting to receive slips.

“One of the things the app does is to enhance the communication perspective between CXC and its various stakeholders, students included. Part of that whole process is to be able to deliver information as it happens.


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CARICOM, UN to strengthen cooperation at New York meeting

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CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque

Cooperation between the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations (UN) System will be further strengthened around several issues including climate change, security, human development, health and education at the Ninth CARICOM-United Nations General Meeting this week.

The two-day meeting begins 20 July 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It is happening against the backdrop of a changing international environment, replete with uncertainty and complexity, and requiring greater collaboration.

CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque is leading a delegation from the CARICOM Secretariat which also includes Ambassador Colin Granderson, Assistant Secretary-General, Foreign and Community Relations, and Dr. Douglas Slater, Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development. The Community’s representatives are also drawn from regional organisations including the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD), Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), University of the West Indies (UWI), and the University of Guyana (UG). (more…)