Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has started distributing blockchain-based certificates to 24,000 shortlisted candidates to make the verification process of educational credentials in the Caribbean faster. The regional examinations body has already started issuing certificates from October 31.
24,000 candidates who sat their exams in May and June this year will receive their blockchain-based certificates along with traditional paper-based certificates starting from October 31 onwards. The above-said number shows the number of candidates registered through their email Ids. The regional examinations body will use a free and open-source Blockcerts Wallet to send certificates. The wallet can not only be used for storing sharing but also for verifying the performance of candidates in examinations.
This initiation has been taken keeping in mind the loss of certificates in the event of natural disasters which is common in the Caribbean region. Also, it will help other institutions and employers to verify the credential of the candidate quite easily.
Issuing of the Blockcerts will be done using the federated issuing system of the Learning Machine. The latter is an enterprise platform designed for those multinationals and countries who want to issue digital credentials and verification of official records.
Natalie Smolenski, the business development vice president of Learning machine told that the blockchain-based educational certificates will be very helpful to the students looking for a job or further studies within the Caribbean region.