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Dr. Didacus Jules.
Dr. Didacus Jules.

The Caribbean Examination Council has applauded the appointment of its director general, Didacus Jules as Director General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), but says his leaving CXC will represent “a tremendous loss to the organisation”.

Professor E Nigel Harris, chair of CXC and vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies made the point while responding to the announcement that Dr Jules, current Registrar of CXC, has been selected by the OECS Authority as the sub-region’s next Secretary General.

“During the six years of his tenure as CXC Registrar, Dr. Jules sought to accomplish transformational changes in the organization,” Harris said.

These he said included the aggressive use of Information and Communication Technologies to make CXC an IT-intelligent organization, expansion of outreach to global education organisations, significant broadening of international recognition and currency for CXC certification, and the engagement of regional leaders in both government and opposition in confronting some of the challenges of the region.

Harris also lauded Jules for his leadership in securing a new CXC Headquarters in Barbados and noted that this would be one of Dr Jules’ enduring legacies.

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Jules expressed his appreciation for “the tremendous privilege and trust extended by the Council in my appointment and in fully supporting the transformation of the organization over the past six years.”

He thanked the Pro-Registrar, Glenroy Cumberbatch, the management team and the staff for their contribution to this collective effort and for the amazing journey that the experience had been.

“I am confident that once we have completed the new Strategic Plan 2020, which will be brought for approval in April, the transformational direction of CXC will be consolidated and expanded.”

Jules leaves CXC in mid-April and is expected to take up his new position on May 1.

Jules joined CXC on April 2, 2008, becoming its fifth registrar.