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Sep 15, 2022

Mixed reactions following release of CXC exam results

The results for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination, CAPE; Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, CSEC; and Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence, CCSLC, were made available to candidates. There are mixed reactions from some high school teachers and students, following the release of this year’s May/June, Caribbean Examinations Council, (CXC) results.

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Oct 7, 2021

Update on the Release of Results for the CXC June/July 2021 Regional Examinations

CXC® wishes to remind its stakeholders that results for the June/July 2021 examinations will be released in early to mid-October.

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Jul 15, 2021

Caribbean Examinations Council Launches Strategic Plan For 2021 – 2025

The new strategic plan was developed to direct CXC’s transformation for greater regional impact. The organisation’s strategic management approach will ensure that the Council is repositioned as a digitally transformed enterprise providing quality, relevant and globally recognised educational services.

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Jun 28, 2021

Caribbean Examinations Council decisions for 2021 Regional Examinations Strategy

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC®) has engaged with regional governments and other key stakeholders from across the region on the conception and planning of the 2021 regional examinations and registers its appreciation for their enriching contributions.

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Jun 10, 2021

CSEC, CAPE exams delayed another two weeks

The Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), and Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC) examinations which were scheduled to commence on June 15, were pushed back to Thursday, June 28.

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The Co-operative Republic of Guyana is located in northeastern South America, bordered by Brazil, Suriname and Venezuela. Guyana is Amerindian for “Land of Falling Waters.” Its population is 751,000 and the literacy rate is 98.8%. Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America.

The area of present day Guyana was first inhabited by Caribs and Arawaks. The Spanish were the first Europeans to explore the area when Antonio de Berreo, the Governor of Trinidad, traveled down the Orinoco River in 1593. The Dutch were the first to establish colonies, the first of which was Essequibo, which was established in 1621. By 1640, slaves were brought in from Dutch colonies. In 1781, due to a war between England and Holland, the Dutch colonies in Guyana were taken by the English. In 1782, the colonies were captured by the French and in 1784 were restored to the Dutch. In 1796, the colonies were taken by the British once again and consolidated into a single colony in 1831 when they became known as British Guiana. In 1833, slavery was abolished, and, in 1838, indentured servants from India arrived to work on plantations. On May 26, 1966, British Guiana gained independence from the United Kingdom and became known as Guyana.


Currently Guyana's Ministry of Education oversees the country's education system.

Primary Education

Education in Guyana is compulsory from ages 5 to 15. Primary school is 6 years (Grades 1-6). At the end of Grade 6, students sit for the Secondary School Entrance Examination which determines which secondary school students will attend.

Secondary Education

There are 3 types of secondary schools: community high schools, general secondary schools, and primary schools that may offer secondary education departments. Community high schools are 4 years and offer academic, vocational and occupational programs. At the end of the 4th year, students sit for the Secondary School Proficiency Examination (SSPE) Part II. General secondary schools are 5 years and offer academic programs that prepare students to sit for the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Secondary Education Certificate or the General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level (GCE O-Levels) examinations at the end of the 5th year. General secondary students can continue on to a 2-year program that prepares them to sit for the Caribbean Examinations Council Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

Post-Secondary Education

Post-secondary education is offered at the University of Guyana (the only university in the country), the Guyana School of Agriculture, the Cyril Potter College of Education, and several schools of nursing. The Guyana School of Agriculture offers 1-2 year certificate and 2-year diploma programs. Admission to these programs requires 3-4 passes (depending on the program of study) on the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Secondary Education Certificate or the GCE O-Level examination. The University of Guyana offers 2-year certificate and diploma programs, as well as associate, bachelor, graduate diploma, and masters degrees. Admission to the University of Guyana requires 5-6 passes (depending on the program of study) on the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Secondary Education Certificate or the GCE O-Level examination plus sufficient scores on the University of Guyana Entrance Examination (UGEE).

Teacher Training

Pre-primary, primary and secondary school teachers are trained at the Cyril Potter College of Education. Admission to the programs requires 4 passes on the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Secondary Education Certificate or the GCE O-Levels. Pre-primary and primary teacher training is 2 years, and secondary school teacher training is 3 years. Upon successful completion of the program, students are awarded the Trained Teacher's Certificate.



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