The subjects are: agricultural science, entrepreneurship, performing arts, physical education and sport, and tourism.
All five subjects are being launched by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) during May.
“The five subjects will be launched in five CXC participating countries with each event having a specific subject theme,” the Council said in a release on Monday. “The first launch takes place on Friday, May 9 in Barbados, and the theme for the event in Barbados is Tourism.”
Guyana is set to host the launch with the agricultural science theme on Monday, May 12, with Trinidad and Tobago to follow on May 15 with the entrepreneurship theme.
St. Lucia will host the launch which focuses on the performing arts on Friday, May 16 with the final launch set for Jamaica on Tuesday, May 20, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston starting at 10 a.m. The final theme is physical education and sport.
CXC is partnering with the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Cultural Development Foundation of St. Lucia, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), and various tertiary institutions in Jamaica to host the events.
“This step is a giant leap toward providing our youth with the knowledge, the confidence and insights needed to change the quality of the experience we sell. Thousands of tourism front-line workers who are in positions to make or break this industry will now have an opportunity to get a tertiary education. For them, a CXC certificate, or just the knowledge gained while studying for that certificate, could be an absolute game-changer,” CTO Secretary General Hugh Riley said about the introduction of tourism at CAPE.
The introduction of the five new subjects follows the launch of digital media in September 2013. This now brings the total number of subjects offered at CAPE to 30.