The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will begin issuing electronic credentials in addition to the traditional paper-based certificate on Wednesday, as part of a pilot aimed at boosting security and portability of official examination records.
CXC this morning announced that some 24,000 candidates who sat the May/June 2018 examinations, and for whom the council has e-mail addresses, will receive Blockcerts or blockchain-based credentials.
The council said with the shift to Blockcerts, candidates will be sent their certificates via the free, open source Blockcerts Wallet, which is a highly secure credentials wallet that stores, shares, and verifies evidence of candidates’ achievement in CXC examinations.
It explained that the Blockcerts will be issued using the Learning Machine Federated Issuing System, an enterprise platform for nation-states and multinational organizations looking to securely digitize the issuance and verification of official records.
The council reasoned that issuing documents as Blockcerts helps to prevent the loss of official records in the event of relocation, natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, and all hazards that affect the Caribbean periodically.