The recent suggestion by Education minister Ruel Reid that Jamaica should move away from the CXC model of external examinations has raised more than a few eyebrows. Opposition spokesman Ronald Thwaites does not agree with Reid. The CXC model has its shortcomings, Thwaites argued in a recent op-ed, but it still has its place. “CXC is not perfect. Jamaica pays too much for its services, and the standard of some examinations is not as high as it needs to be if more of our graduates are to be world-competitive,” Thwaites notes. “But we must stop dissing institutions of our own creation in the wrong-headed effort to show ourselves to be innovative.” According to recent reports, Jamaica has seen a 3.8 percent increase in CXC passes, when compared with the 2017 results.
>> Jason Hall to be Jamaica’s man in Mexico
Former Deputy Director of Tourism Jason Hall has been names Jamaica’s Ambassador-Designate to Mexico. Hall is set to replace Sandra Grant-Griffiths, who has been reassigned to Kingston as chief of state protocol. Hall, who holds a Master’s degree in Marine Policy from the University of Wales (and also studied at the United World College of Southern Africa), has extensive work and travel experience that has taken him throughout the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. Fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and French, he previously held management roles at Supreme Ventures and Jampro.
>> Beckles on Naipaul: ‘He was magisterial, very special’
Hailing him as the St. Paul of Caribbean civilization, Prof. Hilary Beckles says the late V.S. Naipaul was in a league of his own, as he chronicled the peaks and valleys of Caribbean realities. “In many respects, Naipaul was the all-seeing inner eye that witnessed inconvenient truths daily brushed under a mountainous Caribbean rug. [He] was very special in every sense,” the UWI Vice Chancellor said, paying tribute. “For more than half-a-century, the master scribe was magisterial in pursuit of his mission. All who read and heard him, marvelled at his intellectual insights, though his panache for pinching the raw nerve extracted fury from a few.” The British-Trinidadian literary legend, who won the 2001 Nobel Prize for Literature, recently passed away at his home in the UK. He was 85 years old.