Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is a body created in 1972 by agreement of the participating governments of the Caribbean Community that provides educational certifications in 16 English-speaking Caribbean countries and territories of the Commonwealth.
Academic records have been managed in an analogical way on paper. Therefore, candidates depend on the issuing institutions to certify their achievements throughout their life. These processes are often long and tedious, it can take weeks or months and involve many hours of human work that usually result in delays.
When there is a combination of records from different entities external to CXC, it can be the case that if they go bankrupt, lose their records or are destroyed due to disasters, candidates may have no way to verify their achievements. In this sense, it is important for the Caribbean countries to establish the necessary enabling technologies, that is, the “infrastructure” that can ensure the smooth transfer of skills in a safe and easily independently verifiable format.
The biggest challenge in the process to obtain the Recognition Certification is the time required to validate the certification. The Caribbean countries have expressed their concern about the implementation of the CSME regarding the “free circulation of people”.