CXC AND JAMAICA: A Symbiotic Relationship

Public Lecture on the occasion of the 40th Anniversary
of the
Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)
PROFESSOR EMERITUS THE HONOURABLE ERROL L. MILLER
July 11, 2013
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CXC AND JAMAICA: A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP

INTRODUCTION

Masters of Ceremonies Mr. Glenroy Cumberbach, Sir Kenneth and Lady Hall, Mrs. Grace
McLean, Chief Education Officer, Mrs. Irene Walter, Professor Stafford Griffith, Sir Roy Augier,
specially invited guests, distinguished ladies, and gentlemen all, I have been afforded the signal
honour of delivering this Lecture in Jamaica celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the existence of
the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). I have lived these forty years and have related to
CXC in different capacities. It is, therefore, my great pleasure to deliver this Lecture and to
congratulate CXC on this milestone.
A symbiotic relationship is one in which the entities or partners involved enjoy mutual benefits.
My principal intention this evening, therefore, is to show how Jamaica benefits from CXC and
how CXC benefits from Jamaica. To demonstrate this, it is necessary to recall some history,
review the lessons to be learned from that history, and examine hard data and their implications.
But mutual benefits are not immune from major problems that can have destabilizing effects.
Hence, I wish also to point to three of these. Continue reading