Tourism among five new CAPE subjects

Students interested in careers in agricultural science, entrepreneurship, performing arts, physical education and sport, and tourism may now be certified for pursuing those subjects at the Caribbean AdvancedProficiency Examination (CAPE).

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will this week launch the five “new-generation subjects” at CAPE level. The subjects will be taught from September, with the first examination in 2015.

“This step is a giant leap towards providing our youth with the knowledge, the confidence and insights needed to change the quality of the experience we sell,” said Hugh Riley, secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), which is partnering with CXC, along with the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) of St Lucia, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and various tertiary institutions in Jamaica, in hosting subject launches this week in CXC participating countries – Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia and Jamaica.

“Thousands of tourism frontline workers who are in positions to make or break this industry will now have an opportunity to get a tertiary education. For them a CXC certificate, or just the knowledge gained while studying for that certificate, could be an absolute game-changer,” Riley added.

The introduction of the new subjects follows the launch of digital media in September 2013. This now brings the total number of subjects offered at CAPE to 30. (PR)

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