16, May 2017
The Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium has recorded another victory in the battle for Southern Cameroons as West Cameroon students have massively boycotted the 2017 session of the General Certificate of Education Examination which the Francophone government claimed that it all started well yesterday. Cameroon Concord News can now reveal that the whole process has been a complete and total disaster.
Nature also had a hand in the struggle as bees reportedly invaded the Government High School Buea campus leaving several candidates to escape for their lives. A hand full of students answered present in almost all centers despite measures put in place by the Francophone Minister of Secondary Education, Jean Ernest Massena Ngale Bibehe. Cameroon Info.Net recently quoted a journalist serving with Equinoxe, a popular radio station based in Douala who reported that only 10 out of the 31 students showed up for Computer Sciences in Government Bilingual High School, GBHS Tombel in the South West region. The situation was also true for GBHS Bayele in the North West region where only 200 answered present out of over a 1000 expected.
The GCE Board headed by a pro Biya comedian has said it is too early to advance figures but local media reports have all confirmed a massive boycott. Cameroon Concord News also gathered that shocked by the low turnout, the GCE Board attempted to merge some centers for the state television cameras. Some students from Our Lady of Mount Camel in Muea,Buea were left stranded as they discovered on campus that their center had been moved to GBHS Muea.
In the South West region,7 centers hosted 41 schools in Computer Sciences while 8 centers are hosting 48 schools in Food Sciences. In Limbe only two schools, GBHS and GHS Limbe hosted what is now being described as Francophone GCE. No boarding academic establishment was used for the 2017 GCE examinations.
By Rita Akana
Cameroon Concord News