6, March 2017
The Chairman of the Cameroon General Certificate of Education Board, Prof Peter Alange ABETY has expressed worries over the quality of certificates to be awarded to students if something is not done and done in a hurry to bring to an end the current crisis that has rocked Southern Cameroons. Peter Abety, a former Minister of Special Duties at the Presidency of the Republic and a pro CPDM comedian who would not agree that an Anglophone problem exist in Cameroon was addressing stakeholders in the education sector in Buea during the extra ordinary Council Session of the GCE Board last Friday March 3, 2017.
The GCE Board Chairman said if activities in schools continue to be paralyzed with no effective classes, then the Board will not set questions that cover the entire syllable on the calendar hence what the students will learn cannot be used to proof that they had a full school year. Prof. Peter Alange ABETY said certificates will in this case be less credible especially on the international scene mindful of the fact that students have been home for several months.
Abety seen here with the late Guardian Newspaper reporter, Sylvanus Ezieh used the Buea forum to urge parents to send their children to school. In an attempt to shift the blame from the Biya Francophone government, the GCE Board chairman said that Lay private and Confessional schools have the key to an effective back to school, if they jointly sign a letter inviting parents to do so. Religious leaders and representative of the Catholic, Protestant and Islamic academic establishments all observed that their doors were wide open for students to come back to school.
Present during the conclave were representatives from NWR and SWR Teachers and Parents Association, Directors from the Ministry of Secondary Education, a Representative from the Presidency, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance, trade Union leaders among others. It is vital to include in this report that Peter Abaty was a prominent CPDM figure when corruption reign within the admission process into the Higher Teachers Training College, Ecole Normale.
By Rita Akana with files from CIN