GCE Candidates Frustrated At Way Results Were Released


Candidates at this year’s General Certificate of Education, GCE, have expressed frustration for not being able to access their results easily. Since the announcement of the release of the 2013 examination results by GCE Board Registrar, Humphrey Ekema Monono, on state radio July 31, most candidates are still upset.

One of such candidates amongst the huge crowd that jammed the Obili junction in Yaounde, Kevin Njie, said: “We are here because we learned the GCE results were out. We have, therefore, come to buy newspapers so as to get our results but, unfortunately, we hear that the GCE Board has given the results only to CTRV and a mobile telephone company. We are angry about the decision because we cannot easily get our results.”

Another candidate, Ariane Deffo, stated: “Having gone through stressful registration, tedious studies and sitting for the examination, having patiently waited for the results all this while, it is unacceptable that we suffer again like this to know our results.

What kind of country is this?”

 Most of the candidates complained that they texted the required information several times to a telephone number that was given on radio by the Registrar, but did not get the feedback, even though their airtime credit was consumed. Embittered, Desmond Tella described the move by the GCE Board as a scam: “This is scamming in broad daylight. How can a telephone company be eating into people’s credit without sending back the results?”

 “The telephone companies are thieves. I have sent over ten text messages and yet no response has come. What is this marriage between the GCE board and telephone company, anywhere?” Adolf Iyase fumed. Kevin Abong said that the Registrar of the Board could be a good economic strategist, because he could make a lot of money for the State of Cameroon.

“If not, people should not sell their consciences for money like this. This is wickedness,” Abong said. One William Fankora remarked: “The pressure the Board has put on Cameroonians is rather very costly.” He alleged that some of his classmates developed trauma and collapsed while some of them have been crying throughout. “I don’t even know the state of my younger sister who left the house since 6 a.m to hunt for her results on an empty stomach.”

Even though Boris Aniedi successfully got his results through the text message, his reaction was not too different from the others who were moving up and down the streets in a bid to get their results. A teacher, who merely gave his name as Atingwa said: “It is a frustrating situation for most candidates and parents because the national station cannot broadcast all the results to the satisfaction of the candidates because of their other programmes.

Even the responses to the texts sent to the telephone company are not forthcoming and you can imagine the temperature of a student who has been waiting anxiously for results and still being unable to access them for over 48 hours.” Atingwa proposed that: “In future, if the GCE Board does not want to publish the results, they could immediately make them available at the various writing centres, schools or internet for candidates to access them easily.”

According to him, the confusion in which the Board placed the candidates goes a long way to taint the image of that institution because the crowd was not only made up of candidates but also some parents of the Francophone background who may not properly understand the Anglophone system of education, and are worried about the results of their children. Some candidates said on August 4 that since they requested for their results on July 31 through the text message, they were still waiting for a response from the telephone company.


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