Treaty of Marrakesh; seeking support for its ratification among Caribbean countries

Presenter: Her Honour, Senator Kerryann Ifill

Affiliation: President, Caribbean Council for The Blind

Presenter: Christopher E B Friend

Affiliation: World Blind Union


The presentation reports on the international benchmarking of the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC) by the United Kingdom National Academic Recognition Information Centre (UK NARIC).  The CCSLC is a competency-based qualification developed and awarded by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). First offered in June 2007, the CCSLC is intended for all students who complete secondary school in Participating Territories. The CCSLC is designed around a common core of subjects (English and Mathematics) plus three optional subjects from a range of options.

CXC commissioned UK NARIC to conduct an international benchmarking of the CCSLC in the context of the Australian, Canadian, UK and US education systems, in order to facilitate greater understanding and wider recognition of the CCSLC. A combination of techniques were utilised to conduct the benchmarking exercise. These included desk-based research, critical comparative analysis, site visits to schools offering CCSLC, and telephone interview.  The study compared a selection of CCSLC subjects to similarly-focused secondary school subjects in the UK, Australia, Canada and the USA, using the curriculum of particular territories/provinces/states as a reference point.

The findings of UK NARIC’s study reveal clear similarities in curriculum content, learning outcomes and school-based assessment tasks at years/grades generally comparable to the first two or three years of secondary education in Australia, Canada, UK and the USA. Consequently, UK NARIC finds the CCSLC broadly comparable to successful completion of Key Stage 3 (Year 9) in the UK and Year 9 in Australia, Canada and the USA.