GCE 2015: 180 000 candidates on the Starting Line


Candidates of the June 2015 Session of the General Certificate of Education, GCE began with the written part this morning with over 180 000 candidates sitting in for the exams in both the Ordinary and Advanced levels in all 10 regions of the country.

Ordinary level candidates started with Economics paper I at 8 am this morning and will resume at 2 pm with paper II while those of the Advanced level started with Geology and Economics paper I in the morning and will continue with paper II respectively in the afternoon.

A quick tour of some accommodation centres in Bamenda early this morning saw candidates arriving as early as 7 am for the exams due to start at 8 am. At GBHS Bamenda, PCHS Mankon and GBHS Down Town Bamenda, some of the biggest accommodation centres, the exams kicked off hitch free with only a couple of absences noticed.

Humphrey Monono Ekema, Registrar of the GCE board said over state media that the examination in 2015 has witnessed an increased in terms of candidate from 160 000 in 2014 to over 180 000 in 2015, a total 9,000 invigilators have been recruited to supervise the exams this year He said the Board has improved on security and the testing of physically-challenged candidates according to regulations governing candidates with impairments.

Meanwhile, some 113 000 candidates in the French subsystem of education are also sitting in for the Baccalaureate Examination, the French equivalent of the GCE Advanced level, with 990 776 in general education, 8 722 in commercial, 6 747 in industrial BAC.

The Baccalaureate Board confirmed that special security measures have been put in place in border areas in the East and Far North regions to ensure the security of candidates.

By Nditsembom Elvis

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