Cameroon – Anglophone crisis: Minister Ngalle Bibehe maintains the official exam schedule

Written by Deckson N.

On tour in the English-speaking regions, he was firm on the respect of the schedule of the next official exams.

There will be no derogation, official examinations will be held everywhere on the scheduled dates. The message was delivered on May 10, 2017 in Bamenda by the Minister of Secondary Education (MINESEC), during his tour in the Anglophone regions of the country. A response to certain actors in the educational community who speculated about a probable postponement, says La Nouvelle Expression (LNE) of May 12, 2017.

We are not in Bamenda to negotiate, but to tell you that there shall be exams and I have made all arrangements. Tell me what the children and teachers are lacking in order for the exams to go well. That’s all, ” said Jean Ernest Ngalle Bibehe.

Ngalle Bibehe spoke at a consultation meeting with the heads of institutions chosen as examination centers for the Office du baccalauréat and the GCE Board. LNE reports that, in front of the minister, the other actors in the educational community did not agree with the idea of passing the exams to children who experienced disruptions in the classes for about 7 months.

According to Father Francis Che, principal of St Paul’s College in Bamenda, “the children have not been to school and therefore must not write. Even exam centers like mine are not ready to welcome the candidates, “he said. In response, MINESEC stated that “we have just received correspondence from your hierarchy. In this note, your bosses, the bishops, say that your centers are ready to welcome children, “he said before launching” do not embarrass me.

LNE reports that about 130,000 candidates were registered for this session, according to figures from GCE Board, the body responsible for official examinations in the English-language subsystem. This figure could be slightly higher if errors are corrected. In 2016, the minister recalled, 182,000 candidates had registered. Ngalle Bibehe also announced the strengthening of security measures to allow candidates to write their exams serenely.

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