24,000 Candidates Get Blockchain Certificate Issuance by Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)

24,000 Candidates Issued With Blockchain Certificates By The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)

It has recently come to light that the verification of educational credentials in the Caribbean region will become substantially faster and easier owing to the CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) announcing its decision to issue blockchain-based certificates and diplomas for selected candidates.

Via a freshly released blog post on the official CXC website, the government agency revealed that it had started issuing blockchain-based academic certificates from October 31st, for nearly 24,000 candidates who sat their exams in May and June earlier this year.

These e-certificates will be handed out to students via a free and open-source wallet called ‘Blockcerts’. The app can be used not only for storing but also sharing user examination data.

Which Countries Are Participating in This Exercise

As things stand, the educational bodies of around 16 different English-speaking countries within the Caribbean region are set to participate in this joint exercise. These nations include:

“Barbados, Jamaica, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Trinidad & Tobago, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Guyana, and Turks & Caicos Islands.”

What Is the Point of Doing All This?

As a result of issuing educational qualifications using Blockcerts, the examining bodies of the aforementioned countries are trying to effectively “safeguard sensitive student data in the event of a natural disaster” — something that is fairly common within the region.

Not only that, by issuing blockchain based certificates, it will now become easier for prospective candidate’s to look for jobs with various employers.

How Will All of This Be Done?

Blockcerts makes use of a federated issuing system that has been designed for multinationals as well as countries that have needs pertaining to the digitization of verification of official records.

In this regard, VP of Learning machine, Natalie Smolenski, said that there are various advantages of issuing such digitized assets.For example she mentioned that:

“Having easily shareable, portable electronic credentials can speed up a verification process that usually takes weeks or months into a matter of seconds. This is a win/win for both issuing institutions and Caribbean citizens.”

Final Take

This move by the members of CXC is not the first case of such a joint exercise taking place, since in the past, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas too had also introduced its very own nationally-accredited digital certificate system called ‘Bahamas Blockcerts’.

Lastly, it is also worth mentioning that the aforementioned certificates were issued by the country’s National Training Agency to just around 78 candidates.

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