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CAPE adds New Generation Subjects

By RACHAEL ESPINET Friday, May 16 2014

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HOUSE OF LYSTRA: Students of the House of Lystra Lewis who won the march-past after cheering on their teammates from the covered stands at the Sacred ...
HOUSE OF LYSTRA: Students of the House of Lystra Lewis who won the march-past after cheering on their teammates from the covered stands at the Sacred ...

The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) is introducing five new subjects to the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). The “New Generation of CAPE Subjects” are Agricultural Science, Entrepreneurship, Physical Education and Sport, Tourism and Performing Arts.

This was announced yesterday at the Trinidad and Tobago Launch at the TT Chamber of Industry and Commerce Headquarters, Westmoorings.

“This suite of subjects is more applied and skills-based in their orientation and should enable candidates who take them to move into meaningful employment, self-employment, or to enter tertiary institutions to further their studies in their respective disciplines,” said Education Minister, Dr Tim Gopeesingh.

This month CXC will be traveling throughout the region to five different countries to launch the New Generation of Subjects. These countries are Barbados, St Lucia, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Each country is focusing on a different subject as a theme, with Trinidad and Tobago choosing Entrepreunership for its launch.

“I am informed that Trinidadian-owned businesses appear to be among the most successful in the region . . . I wish to wholly endorse this new thrust and focus by CXC towards applied learning in the formal education systems,” Gopeesingh said.

Gopeesingh said the focus on more practical and technical learning skills in schools would develop a more well-rounded student. As well, the Minister said, students have multiple forms of intelligence and learning skills, so a more practical-based subject syllabus would befit many students.

The Entrepreneurship syllabus is divided into two Units with three modules per unit. The student will be taught the fundamentals of entrepreneurship which include the entrepreneurial mind set and process, and creativity and innovation. The students will also be taught business ownership, new venture planning and creation, and managing and growing the venture.

The Performing Arts syllabus was designed to develop students’ critical and creative thinking and increase the ability of the candidates to make judgements about aesthetic quality. The candidates studying Tourism will learn about sustainable tourism, product development, linkages with key sectors in tourism, marketing, and entrepreneurship.

Students who choose to do Physical Education and Sport at the CAPE level will use the scientific approach to develop decision-making, problem solving and critical thinking skills. They will also be aware of the importance of equipping Caribbean persons with the knowledge, skills and competencies to undertake and sustain the sports sector in the region.

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