The Association of Indian Universities (AIU), the clearing house for international qualifications in India has granted equivalence to the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), the two leading qualifications offered by CXC.
In a letter to CXC, the Indian High Commissioner in Trinidad and Tobago conveyed the news to Dr Didacus Jules, CXC Registrar.
The AIU has granted equivalence to Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) with a minimum of five subjects at Grades I and II with Grade 10 examination of an Indian [examinations] board.
With respect to CAPE, the AIU has accorded equivalence to CAPE with a minimum of five subjects with a plus-two stage qualification of an Indian [examinations]board. This the AIU states is also the minimum eligibility requirement for admission to a bachelor degree programme at an Indian university.
The statement points out that candidates who are successful at CAPE are eligible to join conventional degree programmes at Indian universities; however, candidates who wish to pursue a professional degree programme are required to have studied Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics and Physics at the advance proficiency level.
“This is good news for CXC and the Caribbean,” stated Dr. Didacus Jules, Registrar of CXC. “It is another statement that assures us in the region that the qualifications offered by CXC are of a very high standard and stand up to international scrutiny.”
Jules added that it now means that Caribbean students wishing to study at universities in India can pursue their studies without much of the red tape they encountered in the past.