Opinion: CXC troubles again

The CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) has reported on its website that the exams have been postponed for 3 weeks (so instead of starting on May 3, 2022, they now start three weeks later). In my opinion, this is an inexistent phenomenon in the European Netherlands. Education and students would — I estimate — object. In this part of the same Netherlands (Caribbean Netherlands) this happens just like that.

To the fact as such, no one change, I do understand that. And I also see that it is difficult for a club like CXC to have to maneuver between the various English-speaking, Caribbean islands, each with its own autonomous government (including a Ministry of Education). It is extremely difficult to obtain a consensus. But anyway, once there is an exam program, then in my opinion it cannot be, that with less than a week to go, the exam program is suddenly pushed back three weeks.

The exam results, according to the announcement, are not expected until the end of August or early in September 2022. What to do with pupils who have planned to continue their studies in — for example — the European Netherlands at a training institute that opens its doors for the new school year around the time that the exam results were known, is uncertain. Quite a financial risk for parents in a region that is not known for its wealthy residents. Is there any provision for this? Or did the Dutch directors not stop to think about this when they agreed to this decision-making. Or was the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science not even involved (or even invited) in this decision-making meeting?

Now I have not really been able to catch the Dutch government with a certain love for the Caribbean Netherlands, but this is another example that shows that the European Netherlands leaves Caribbean fellow countrymen out in the cold in a figurative sense. When will the representatives of the people realize that the Caribbean Netherland is also their responsibility?

I would like to hope that students from the Caribbean Netherlands who are going to study in the European Netherlands (or elsewhere) thereby run a (financial) risk because they are going to travel while they do not yet know whether they will be admitted, are not again left out in the cold. I hope that the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science still feels the responsibility to also assist the Caribbean Dutch students.

In this context, another question: has the diploma register now been prepared in the Caribbean? Or is it still impossible to register the diplomas of the Caribbean Netherlands in this register? Even the originally Dutch diplomas of HAVO and VMBO origin from a few years ago were not included. However, I do not rule out the possibility that no progress has even been made on this dossier. I hope that someone will reply to me and prove the opposite…

Jan Meijer

Meet & Greet with Members of the 1st and 2nd Chamber on May 2nd
Adjustment to the BES Chambers of Commerce 2022 annual contribution rates


  1. René Caderius van Veen

    Who decided that the BES islands would collaborate with CXC?

  2. Indeed, CXC announced that the 2022 CSEC and CAPE examinations will be postponed for three weeks (https://www.nationnews.com/2022/04/27/cxc-exams-postponed-three-weeks/)

    However, CSEC Visual Arts will continue as scheduled and commence this week.

    The 2022 examination results will be released late August / early September. Students who wish to continue to study in The European part of The Netherlands, will not be affected by the delayed results. They can still leave to pursue their choice of studies as soon as they have written their final exam. (if they meet the graduation criteria of course). Students entering other tertiary educational institutions should inform the college/university of their choice as soon as possible to avoid deregistration.

    The Ministry of Education has informed us that they will extend the special law which is in effect since 2021 to allow students who write the 2022 examinations to provide a copy of their diploma between September and December 2022.

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