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Old 10Apr2008, 06:42 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by mauslim View Post
Allyuh what is CAPE is that the new CXC replacement?

well this is just my personal opinion here ..... CAPE is just another miskeen examination that has replaced our 'favorite' Cambridge Advanced Level examinations that we were accustommed to back in our days.

The following is taken from the introduction of one of the CAPE syllabus ....

The Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) are designed to provide certification of the academic, vocational and technical achievement of students in the Caribbean who, having completed a minimum of five years of secondary education, wish to further their studies. The examinations address the skills and knowledge acquired by students under a flexible and articulated system where subjects are organised in 1-Unit or 2-Unit courses with each Unit containing three Modules.

Subjects examined under CAPE may be studied concurrently or singly, or may be combined with subjects examined by other examination boards or institutions.

A CAPE diploma will be awarded for the satisfactory completion of a programme of at least six Units, including Caribbean Studies.
So basically CAPE is not a replacement for CXC but at the A-Levels. However from what i know, in a few years time (not sure how long from now but soon perhaps) there is going to be a replacement for CXC which would be something called the NCSE examinations. It consists of two 'levels', namely NCSE part 1 and NCSE part 2.

NCSE part 1 is the examination written at the end of Form 3 based on the cummulative work done from Form 1-3, whereas NCSE part 2 will be based on the cummulative work done in Form 4-5 and which most likely is going to replace the CXC that is written at the end of Form 5. Also from what I am aware of is that the NCSE part 1 is already implemented in certain schools throughout Trinidad and Tobago, and that the work covered during Form 1-3 is based on the SEMP syllabus.

The following is taken from one of the SEMP Curriculum ....

Under the umbrella of the Secondary Education Modernization Programme (SEMP), since the latter part of 1999, new secodary school curricula in eight subjects - Language Arts (English), Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Spanish, Physical Education, Visual and Performing Arts and Technology Education - have been in development....
Also it continues further on to state that .....

The Ministry of Education through the Secondary Modernization Programme is seeking to reform the secondary education system. These draft National Curriculum Guides produced for eight subject areas are a key element in the current thrust to address the deficiencies identified in the system.

Draft curriculum guides have already been produced for years one or two of the secondary system. Implementation of the new curriculum began on a phased basis in September 2003. These Draft guides for year three represent the conclusion of the first cycle of secondary school and together with those of years one and two prepare students for the National Certificate of Secondary Education, Part One.
anyways as for me, althou i'm working in d educational system rite now ... i still prefer 'home-schooling' for my children (may Allah grant me and all of us pious offsprings ... Ameen!), than to send them through all them stressful exams (one after d next from SEA to CAPE). not to mention the steadily increase in school violence these days as well as children's behaviour and attitude among other vices are getting worst. we really have to consider how much our muslim youths are being exposed by all this fitnah and how it is going to affect them in the future. wallahu musta'aan.
The Prophet said:
"من أحدث في أمرنا هذا ما ليس منه فهو رد"

"Whoever adds something new in our matter (religion Islaam) which was not part of it, it will be rejected."
(that is, it will not be accepted by Allah).
(Bukhari and Muslim)

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