The process of verifying educational credentials in the Caribbean will now be faster after the regional examination body has announced that it will start offering blockchain-based certificates and diplomas to selected candidates.
In a statement, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) revealed that it will issue blockchain-based academic certificates as of October 31, along with traditional paper certificates, to 24,000 applicants who took the exams in May and June of this year . This number is made up of candidates who have provided their e-mail addresses to the examining body.
Electronic certificates will be received through the free and open-source Blockcerts Wallet which is not only used for archiving and sharing but also for verifying the performance of candidates in examinations administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council.
Member countries and territories
Currently, the examining body offers educational certifications to 16 English-speaking countries and territories in the Caribbean region, namely Barbados, Jamaica, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada , Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana and Turks and Caicos Islands.
With the issuance of educational certifications such as Blockcerts, the examining body is safeguarding against loss in the event of natural disasters, which are common in the region, that occur. It will also be faster and cheaper for other institutions and employers looking to verify a candidate's qualifications.
The Blockcerts will be issued using the Learning Machine's federated issuing system, a company platform designed for multinational companies and for countries that need to digitize the issuing and verification of official records.
According to the vice president of commercial development of the learning machine, Natalie Smolenski, the blockchain-based educational certifications that will be issued to the 24,000 candidates will be particularly convenient as they move to the Caribbean region for study purposes and work:
"Having easily shared portable credentials can speed up a verification process that usually takes weeks or months in a matter of seconds, which is a victory / victory for both broadcasters and Caribbean citizens."
Commonwealth of the Bahamas
In the wider Caribbean region, the countries and territories that are members of the CXC are not, however, the first to adopt a blockchain-based educational credential system. As reported by CCN in August, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, which is not a member of the CXC, has also introduced nationally accredited digital certificates known as Bahamas Blockcerts aimed at improving the creation, issuance, visualization and verification of national educational certifications.
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The pioneering Bahamas Blockcert digital certificates were issued by the National Training Agency of the country in June up to 78 candidates. The move was the first for both South America and the Caribbean region.
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