The Barbados-based Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) says it will provide students across the region with e-certificates following a successful trial period.
CXC, which was established in 1972 under agreement by participating Caribbean Community (CARICOM) governments, said while it would still be offering the traditional paper-based certificate, students who have registered unique and valid email addresses will now have the option to acquire their official certification through Blockcerts or blockchain based credentials, as a free downloadable e-Certificate in a digital format.
CXC said the e-certificates would be immediately available to students on their electronic devices once the certificate is ready and available. The regional institution started the first regional blockchain-based credential project last October, by issuing e-Certificates to a select group of 24,000 students from Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago who sat the 2018 May/June examinations.
“Serving 19 countries, this is the first … multi-national implementation of digital credentials designed specifically to maximise cross-border employability and transferability of skills in the region,” said CXC Registrar and chief executive officer, Glenroy Cumberbatch.
“From inception, our primary goal was to empower students to have ownership of their records and be able to share them in a secure way, with whomever they choose.”
Cumberbatch said that the move was also to boost security and transferability of official examinations records.
“It also helps to prevent loss of official records.The blockchain, combined with strong cryptography, provides a new security infrastructure that guarantees the authenticity of these records and enables convenient verification.”