From now on the process of verification of documents on education in the Caribbean will be faster — the regional Agency start to use the blockchain to issue certificates and diplomas.
The Caribbean Examinations Council has said that from 31 October, the agency issues academic certificates to 24 thousand candidates, who sat their exams in this summer and providing their email address.
Electronic certificates will be available through a free app Blockcerts Wallet, which is used not only for storing and transmitting information, and confirmation of assessments of candidates in examinations administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council.
Currently, the agency offers educational certifications to a number of English-speaking countries and territories in the Caribbean: Barbados, Jamaica, Anguilla, Trinidad and Tobago, the Cayman and virgin Islands, Grenada, Dominica, Saint Lucia, Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, etc.
By issuing the educational certifications as Blockcerts, the examination Board will ensure preservation of the documents in case of natural disasters, which are very frequent in the region. In addition, e-certificates offer a quick and convenient verification for other institutions and employers seeking to verify a candidate’s qualifications.
Certificates will be done using the federated issuing system of the Learning Machine — an enterprise platform designed for multinational companies and countries in need of digitization and verification of official data.
According to the Natalie Smolenski, business development vice president of Learning Machine, educational certificates based on the blockchain will be very useful for educational and work:
"Accessibility and portability of electronic credentials will speed up the verification process to a few seconds, whereas before it used to take weeks or even months. E-certificates will greatly benefit educational institutions, employers and citizens."
It is noteworthy that this is not the first case of the adopt blockchain technology in educational system of the Caribbean region. The Commonwealth of the Bahamas, which is not a member of the Caribbean Examination Council, already uses accredited digital certificates, known as Bahamas Blockcerts. These certificates were first issued by the National training Agency in June this year.