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Cameroon – Bertoua: A principal in trouble after diverting Probatoire and Baccalaureate fees

Written by Deckson N.

The problem began with the non-publication of the provisional lists of candidates for the BEPC examination.

The man named Mathurin Ayek Mvomo, principal of the lycée de Nguelemendouka in the Eastern Region, is currently being held in Abong Mbang prison. He is accused of allegedly deflecting the examination fees of candidates for the Probatoire and Baccalaureate examinations of all series combined on behalf of the current 2017 session. The daily newspaper Le Jour of 4 May 2017, which relays this information, indicates that the principal started with the non-publication of the provisional lists of candidates for the BEPC examination. Instead, he asked for support from the Parents and Teachers’ Association (PTA) when students in the 3ème (form 4) class initiated a revolt. “It was first of all the students of 3ème who wanted to rebel because after checking it became apparent that the principal had not forwarded the files” says Michel Ngoumou the president of the PTA of the lycée de Nguelemendouka.

According to the president of the PTA of the high school it is thanks to the loan of 700 000 FCFA contracted with the association that the principal succeeded in paying the examination fees of students of the said class. After the resolution of this problem, in the East it was believed that everything had returned to order. But the activities in the school was once again paralyzed with the physical (sports) exams of the baccalauréat. Candidates for this examination asked to see final lists since there wasn’t any provisional lists in the first place. With the help of Simplice Kengne, the DO of the Néglemendouka subdivision, the students participated on the sports exams, yet without being sure if their files have actually been forwarded by the principal. After the insistence of the administrative authority (the DO), a list not having all the students enrolled in the baccalauréat will be handed to him. This then created a general uproar as one might expect.

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