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CAPE Digital Media Course Signals New Approach

PM Spencer and Dr. Didacus JulesAntigua St. John's - The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) made history in Antigua on Thursday September 5 with the launch of a CAPE level subject in Digital Media.

The launch, which signals a new era for education in the region and for the 40-year-old organisation, was fittingly held at the game-changing ICT Cadet Training Facility in Antigua.

The move, CXC Registrar and Chief Executive Officer Dr Didacus Jules said, marks a real highpoint in the transformation of CXC into an IT intelligent organisation.

 “CAPE digital media looks at niche opportunities for Caribbean people that builds capacity to participate as digital citizens in this new world of ICT. To date, most of what passes for computer and IT training is largely about teaching people to be users of existing computer programmes, and not enough of this effort has been directed towards making us creators of computer programmes,” Dr Jules said.

The CAPE Digital Media subject is intended to help lead a new cadre of students to careers such as animators, web developers, graphic artists, and mobile app developers.

The syllabus was developed by a team of Caribbean experts. A working committee drawn from academia and industry practitioners provided guidance to the panel on the focus and scope of the syllabus.

“It’s about moving from consumers to creators of technology,” Dr Jules said.

Minister of Telecommunications, Science and Technology Dr Edmond Mansoor said the move by CXC is visionary. However, he cautioned that it will call for a total realignment and refocusing by educators and other stakeholders.

 “This digital era will provide young and old with the opportunity to become entrepreneurial,” Dr Mansoor said.



“…Content is king but current content is monarch and this facility here, is geared towards training people in content creation, whilst at the same time the New Media Unit which shoots in high definition is literally putting Antigua and Barbuda’s content on the map… I would love to see the same thing for the other Caribbean countries,” he added.

Dr Mansoor mentioned the game-changing Government Assisted Technology Endeavour (GATE) programme which was launched in Antigua. It focusses on broadband Internet connectivity, innovation, entrepreneurship, job creation, and sustainability.

CXC Advisory Committee Member Bevil Wooding said to combat the shortage of teachers able to deliver the programme, orientation videos have been prepared to assist both teachers and students in the subject.

“The CAPE digital media toolkit will contain videos that explain the programme, expert lecturers talking about technology, inner working of digital media, ethical issues… we have also collated a number of info-graphics to help in the classrooms so that teachers can refer to charts that simplify what the different streams are,” Wooding said.


Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer said the move by CXC is not only visionary, but also revolutionary. The nation’s leader also thanked CXC for choosing Antigua as the country to launch the initiative.

“We had made a prediction years ago that we would position Antigua as the ICT capital of not only the Eastern Caribbean but the Caribbean, and I think we are on our way,” Prime Minister Spencer said.

A digital copy of the new syllabus was presented to Prime Minister Spencer and Director of Education Jacintha Pringle by Dr Jules during the launch.

Find more information about CAPE Digital Media click here http://www.cxc.org/?q=DigitalMedia

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#8 John French II » 2013-09-07 19:46

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock!Will MOE act nimble in meeting the need for curriculum, professional & resource development, to match the rapid pace of ET & IT change to ensure that Educational programs & Teachers are current in their skills and information: that ET & IT infrastructure, of the educational system & all service providers maintain parity and that not only young learners but the public is well served by the technology enhancements and the various delivery modes of educational services.
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Rather than cheer for the government or the opposition, taxpayers should question all elected and appointed officials, and hold them accountable for the overall health, (education & welfare) of the nation. ... A collective commitment to people and innovative ideas will significantly improve the performance scorecards of elected and appointed leaders. Problem-solving ideas that manage risk, promote cultural values, and drive new perspectives to social & economic, (education & technology) well-being can make the **ed straight. Dr. Isaac Newtown
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Heaven Help The Youth and country of Antigua & Barbuda including Redonda
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#7 John French II » 2013-09-07 19:41

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Previous Questions posed by this commenter! Has the Min Of Ed & Min of Tel. Sc. & Tech. ICT arrived at a definition & Strategic Plan of Educational technology including communications, media, computer or other digital technologies as the subject of educational programs or morseso as applied in the development, delivery and administration of educational programs to be used to facilitate & enhance education?
Has The MoE developed a policy statement of direction & commitment on therole of technology within primary, elementary, secondary and the tertiary education system?
Will MoE’s Advisory Board & the BoE engage in planning that directs the country’s limited resources gradually to provide the greatest national benefit by optimizing the energies spent addressing ET issues and not be stampeded by the Min of Tel, Sc. TecH. & ICT, in addressing the issues in a comprehensive manner, while adapting to the ever rapidly ET & IT march?
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#6 John French II » 2013-09-07 19:32

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! CountryWomen/Men,"Be ware of Greeks Bearing Gifts". The Good Doctor together with our Benefactors at the World Bank, when it became clear that many of the OECS tertiary institutions were seriously on the road planning to move their institutions from two year associate diplomas to full degree granting status, undertook a study to see what would be the most appropriate higher educational model for success in the OECS. You have not heard a peep from anyone especially the UWI Mona Rasta Class of Graduates. The OECS Governments have been asleep at the switch. Hopefully one day the report, its findings & recommendations will be made known. While those initiatives are floundering on Caribbean shoals & sandbanks of implementation, the North Atlantic Privateer Institutions of Higher Learning continue to build & grow in the OECS while UWI stagnatesin the OECS and the Higher Education & Economic space is ceded to North Atlantic Privateers. Quote:
Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman, Be he live, or be he dead I'll grind his bones to make my bread.
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#5 John French II » 2013-09-07 19:24

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock! Let Us Pray & learn from the success of some of our most illustrious since ’72. Did the Good Minister of Education, Dr. Jacqui Quinn-Leandro, Dr’s Dane Abbott, John Ashe, L. Errol Cort, Joey John, & since he is in the news Registrar Tabor take & Pass CAPE. All of these are folks who distinguished themselves at the top of their class in Higher education in the most distinguished Universities in the North Atlantic and are leaders of country of Antigua & Barbuda – just for once forget your political inclinations. Today, it was reported that A Young Guadeloupean Beauty Queen, not only attained a French Legal Degree but also a Masters degree in political science two years ago at UWI Mona. You can rest assured that she did not need CAPE if you follow the French education system. These are provided to show that if there is improvement to make CXC a successful quality product while making a low cost high value proposition, we can achieve the best value there is. Many will jump at low cost and fall off Devil Bridge – Apple has successfully marketed its I-Pads by being the low cost producer of High Value.
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#4 John French II » 2013-09-07 19:22

Notes From A Native Son Of The Rock!Get The Process Right before Going Digital. Any good student of ET, IT or skilled professional will so advise.
As if it was not expected, when there is no Educational Technology Strategy, all about and sundry, like chickens with their heads cut off are expressing concerns about the teachers. Shoot, Fire, Aim. In most advanced economies heads would be rolling & Politicos would be made to walk the either the news scrum or the public’s outrage Plank. Where are the Bureaucrats & technocrats? Where are the Planning Secretariats? Seriously how many Citizens, Students, Teachers, Parents & other Publics of A&B had heard of CAPE which has been in existence since 1972? Oh Gad Pray Wid Mi!
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#3 John French II » 2013-09-07 19:15

Notes From A Native Son Of The RocK! “CXC” is the foundation for entry into Higher Education the precursor to “A-Level” & CAPE. We are advised by the Good Dr. Jule**Y SIX Percent (66%) of those who sat this year’s CXC exams failed to meet the required pass level. A&B was not above the Caribbean Average. Why the Rush to CAPE Digital when we did not even get to CAPE normal. Our pass rate for CXC math is 27% with English below the two thirds ceiling. If you can’t get CXC right, how can you seriously bypass CAPE normal & now see the golden age of Education in CAPE-Digital.
Understand what is happening here! This ‘mere voice in the wilderness has been crying about, not the democratization of education & USE, but the “dumbing” down & the streaming of the m**, to the glory & elevation of the Black Elites. This is not addressed to the other CARICOM Nations & SIDS but at what is the outcome of the educational strategy, structure, systems & skills on Antigua & Barbuda. To be blunt, it is quite clear on Barbados, where education is free from kindergarten to university, Jamaica & Trinidad & Tobago will not be saddled.
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#2 John French II » 2013-09-07 19:12

Notes From A Native Son Of the Rock! CAPE simply stated is The Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination. It is the next step up from what everyone knows as CXC & may be deemed the replacement for A levels. It has been around since 1972 & was advanced by CARICOM. Others may wish to provide a more knowledgeable explanation.
Since it has been around for so long, why is it that the Higher Education Institutions of the Region are not insisting on it being a major criterion for entry into Higher Education?
The Good Dr. Didacus Jules held the position of Permanent Secretary in Education during the nineties in St. Lucia, during which he tried to advance CAPE unsuccessfully.
Why is it that the Min of Tel, Sc. & Tech. ICT is leading this charge on the Rock with the full backing of the Good Hon. Dr. PM under whose Ministry, Responsibility &Accountability this Jnr Minister resides. How many remember the Ministry of Education’s anguish cry many moons ago when they were lead kicking and screaming “coobying” their funds for I-pads? CUI BONO? Quote:
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, Catch a tiger by the toe. If he hollers, make him pay, Fifty Dollars every Day.
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#1 John French II » 2013-09-07 19:08

Notes From A Native Son Of the Rock! Friends, espresso & cappuccinos are best enjoyed on the Rock at Java 2 Go @ Redcliffe Quay or the Arabica House on High Street. Why is that so? Locally roasted & brewed with care, quality & cost effective!
This is a most reluctant & resultant intervention. The numerous articles, embraced by Politicos, including the Good Hon. Dr. PM & Chief Servant, & numerous A&B “Experts” have prompted a yearning for discussions as to where the Minister of Telecommunications, Science & Technology ICT is leading the Ministry of Education & this young SIDS in the 21st Century. No intent to question his Bona Fides in Education, Educational Technology, Telecommunications, ICT, Socio-Economic or Business Development. It is said “The Good Lord Helps Those Who Help Themselves!”
Where are the Intelligentia on this critical progression in our educational system, the lives of our youth & the forward march of the A&B Nation Building.
Two critical ET & IT imperatives: Get the Process Right before Going Digital! Be the Low Cost Producer of High Quality Education Success on the Rock!!
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