Strategic moves are being embraced by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), to pave the way for increased employment for youths living in the Caribbean.
This disclosure was recently made by CXC’s Pro-Registrar, Glenroy Cumberbatch, during a press conference hosted by officials of the examining body at the Pegasus Hotel.
Cumberbatch disclosed that because the Caribbean has reached another level in terms of where it is going with its collective economies, greater emphasis is being placed on knowledge economy.
This comes at a time, he noted, when the unemployment among youths, between the ages of 18 and 24, in the Caribbean, can be anywhere from 40 per cent in the Region to about 56 per cent in some individual territories.
“These are people who went through our education system, whether successfully or unsuccessfully, and they can’t find jobs on their own,” Cumberbatch said.
According to the Pro-Registrar, who has the responsibility for curriculum development, this strategic action is one premised on the fact that most of the traditional ways of finding employment are almost fully saturated. He pointed out that although lucrative careers in the traditional areas including: medicine, law and engineering may not be available to many young people, there are other fields such as tourism and electronics – digital media, gaming, animation and so on – that are yet to be infiltrated.
“So in order to get into that, CXC has begun the process of preparing services and developing curricula that would take persons from school through a course of study to give them the option of either going on to university or opening for themselves opportunities in these various phases,” explained Cumberbatch.
He pointed out that digital media, for instance, would give students who are good at English, History, Geography and Information Technology, an opportunity to start posting information on a blog or through some other process so that other people who are interested can come on board and read.
“As people come on board, on your site, and begin to read, and so on, the opportunity is then created for you to sell advertising to that site…Persons can come and advertise and you can provide free information on Guyana, about the beauties of Guyana, the wonderful nature of Guyana, such as the Kaieteur Falls, and all the other things, and nobody else can do that better than you who live here,” Cumberbatch asserted.
Additionally, he disclosed that CXC has been encouraging students to embrace its Tourism Syllabus with a view of benefiting from those tourists who visit Guyana by creating off-shoot opportunities. These, according to Cumberbatch, could include the organising of concerts, having trails developed, and other activities that have the potential of growing through tourism.
Even those in the performing arts can work towards film development, dance, music and drama, all of which are included in the new Performing Arts Syllabus, according to Cumberbatch.
“Persons with that talent, with that ability, can then take it beyond just performing at a concert or just performing at an opening ceremony for CXC…they can also use it in order to make money,” the CXC Pro-Registrar opined.
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