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Ernest Bibehe Insists End Of Course Examinations Must Hold

Minister and entourage at working session

Secondary Education minister Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe has assured examination stake holders in the region that his ministry would do everything to ensure that end of course examinations in the region run smoothly despite the looming socio-political climate.

The minster made the assurance during an in-camera meeting held at the Governor’s office Tuesday May 9, accompanied by the Registrar of the Cameroon GCE Board-Humphrey Monono Ekema,  the Director of the Office Du Bacc, and the director of examinations at the ministry. The delegation that drove in from the South West met with the administration, principal of some GCE accommodation centres, the regional delegate and other stake holders.

The MP for Bamenda-Bali, Hon. Fobi Nchinda, one of the few to brief the press about what was discussed behind closed doors said he made it clear to the minister that “ there is a problem in the Northwest and that children have not been going to school” He also said he specifically  told the Governor and the minister that they should make sure that the Head of State get the message that there is a serious crisis in the region and that the president should call a conference to discuss the form of the state and by extension the Anglophone educational system and the exams.

The MP also said he took the Minister to task on his insistence to run exams in the region when the school year has not been effective. This posed several problems he added, like the quality of education dispensed during the school year. “You cannot go examining children who have not been properly thought or totally thought…what he is going to do if he insists would be to kill the Anglophone educational system because it would come out with a GCE certificate which would not be accepted anywhere in the world”

He said he also raised concerns about the non examination classes whose problems have not been resolved. “ So what would happen if come September , if the crisis is over by September  what are you going to say about moving to the next class for children that have not been thought, what are you going to say about children entering secondary school because the entrance examination into secondary school would not have been valuable?”

He ended by saying his party the SDF has written to the president to “address himself to the Anglophone problem” and in so doing call a constituent assembly to discuss the form of the state which he hope would be a two state federation and that “sitting down to discuss with your brother is a sign of strength not weakness”

Though the exact numbers were not given, it emerged from the meeting that the GCE Board was some 50 000 candidate short of its expected target. The minister continued his tour today with a visit to some government secondary schools in Bamenda to evaluate the level of preparedness ahead of the examinations.

By Pedmia Shatu and Abongwa Fozo

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