As the practical phase of the 2017 official examinations organised by the Cameroon General Certificate of Education, GCE, Board kicks off next Monday May 15, there is ambiguity on the security of candidates in the Anglophone regions of the North West and South West regions. Many are wondering and asking questions if the security of candidates sitting for the exams will be guaranteed during that period.
According to the registrar of the GCE Board, Dr Humphrey Ekema Monono, special measures have been taken to enable the smooth conduct of examinations organized by the Board.
Speaking at the close of an in camera council meeting that held in Buea one week to the start of the practical phases of the exams, Dr Monono said because of security reasons, the exams would begin early enough in the afternoon and close early to give the candidates time to regroup and join their families. He disclosed that nothing was left to chance concerning the security and wellbeing of candidates during the exams.
The council meeting also examined the administrative and management account of the GCE Board for 2016 and assessed the level of preparedness for the 2017 session of exams organized by the board in line with the decision of the Minister of Secondary Education readjusting the examination time table.
Dr Humphrey Ekema Monono announced that practical examinations will begin on Monday May 15, 2017 while the written phase will commence on June 12. He said candidate’s lists are already in their various centers and invited them to consult the lists for the necessary modifications and corrections.
He said candidates should be keen to notice a few changes on their individual time tables as most afternoon papers will begin as from 1 pm and no longer 2 as has been the case in yesteryears.
One of the worries of the Board this far has been the fate of candidates from confessional schools but according to the Chairman of the GCE Board, Prof. Peter Abety, the Board will longer have to relocate such candidates proprietors of confessional schools have accepted to open their doors to candidates sitting the 2017 session of exams organized by the Board.
“We are very very happy to inform the general public that schools run by Catholics, Protestant and Islamic denominations have assured us that they are preparing to call back their candidates who will come back to their institutions and write their exams in their centers.”
The council meeting came as the Minister of Secondary Education; Jean Ernest Massena Ngale Bibehe began a working visit to the South West and North West Regions from May 8 to 11, 2017 aimed at assessing and following up the organization of the 2017 session of official examinations.
During his stay in the regions, the Minister is expected to hold consultation meetings with administrative authorities and local officials of the Ministry of Secondary Education. The working visit to the two Anglophone Regions of the country will be an opportunity for the Minister to take stock and have first-hand information on the measures taken for the proper conduct of official examinations in the two regions.