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CARIBBEAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL

REPORT ON CANDIDATES’ WORK IN THE
CARIBBEAN ADVANCED PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION

MAY/JUNE 2003

CARIBBEAN STUDIES

Copyright © 2003 Caribbean Examinations Council
St Michael, Barbados
All rights reserved

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CARIBBEAN STUDIES
CARIBBEAN ADVANCED PROFICIENCY EXAMINATION
MAY/JUNE 2003
GENERAL COMMENTS
This was the sixth year in which Caribbean Studies was examined. There were 2188 candidates this year compared with 1468 in 2002, an increase of 49 per cent. There was an increase, both in the number of schools, and in the participating territories. There was a slight improvement in candidate performance with 95 per cent of candidates achieving Grades I to V.

DETAILED COMMENTS
PAPER 01
Module 1 – Caribbean Society and Culture
There were five questions in this section, each carrying 6 marks. Performance was generally satisfactory.
Question 1
While there were some completely correct answers for both parts (a) and (b), many candidates experienced difficulty in explaining what is meant by plural society, and in describing two features of a plantation society.

Examples of the type of responses expected for plural society were •




ethnically and culturally diverse
enclave societies
societies in which groups of people tend to lead separate lives – little or no social interaction with each other
fragile societies because of conflict and social tensions.

Some of the correct features of a plantation society given by candidates included: •





low level of community integration
hierarchical class relations
society organized to fulfil plantation goals
unstable family organization
monocrop society or society depending on one main industry.

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Question 2
Generally this question was well answered. Most candidates were able to outline that practices of deforestation, such as overgrazing or ploughing up and down hillsides accelerated erosion, and that contour ploughing, windbreaks, reforestation and strip cropping were some of the methods of soil conservation.

Question 3
Part (a) was expected to pose very little challenge but surprisingly it did. Several candidates did not understand the term “indigenous”, hence the difficulty in responding. Many of them cited Jamaica, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Kitts and Nevis as Caribbean countries in which there are still significant number of indigenous people today. Candidates were expected to give any two of the following since the emphasis was on “significant”: •





Guyana
Belize
Dominica
Suriname.

Question 4
Most candidates were able to identify ways in which the education of Caribbean nationals influences Caribbean culture. However, they experienced difficulty in the description of these ways. Candidates mentioned food, dress, and development issues, but most of them failed to expand on any of the concepts.

Question 5
The majority of the candidates understood the objective of this question. However, the response should have gone beyond the definition of cultural erasure. The question required candidates to describe three ways in which enslavement of Caribbean people has contributed to the erasure of their cultural practices.

Examples could have been chosen from the enslavement of the Amerindians, or the Africans, or both. Candidates could then have considered ways such as





genocide of the Amerindians
the conversion of Amerindians to Christianity
African slavery bringing together persons from different tribes on a plantation, and the effects of the process
Africans giving up their native customs because of harsh treatment by European slave masters.
Module 2 – Challenges of Development

There were five questions in this section of Paper 01, each carrying 6 marks. Performance was generally satisfactory.

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Question 6
A very small percentage of candidates correctly interpreted Sections (a), (b) and (c) of this question. “Social and economic equalization”,...
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