The Minister of Secondary Education, Nalova Lyonga Pauline, has extended the deadline for the 2020/2021 registration formalities of the Cameroon General Certificate of Education dubbed GCE.
In release dated, January 18, the minister disclosed that the deadline has been extended to Monday February 15, 2021 while the deadline for the reception of registration material at the GCE Board Head Office in Buea, Southwest Region, has been extended to Friday February 26, 2021.
Prof Nalova Lyonga
The minister has to this effect forbidden Registration Centres from collecting late entry fees from candidates or from candidates’ parents during the extension period.
The academic year in the Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon has been adversely affected by the on-going Cameroon Anglophone Crisis. The crisis has caused timid resumption in some schools as a result of threats posed by separatists’ leaders.
In other areas students and teachers have been kidnapped, tortured and harassed. In October 24, 2020, gunmen stormed Mother Francisca International Bilingual Academy in Fiango-Kumba, Southwest Region, killing seven children and others seriously injured.
Although, the incident received local and international denunciation, gunmen have not stopped attacking and harassing teachers and students.
Ministry of Secondary Education
One day after the Kumba school massacre, gunmen attacked Kulu Memorial Comprehensive School in Mile 4 Limbe, Southwest Region ordering students and teachers to go naked. Nude of the teachers and students went viral on social media. The act was equally condemned by government administrators, civil society leaders and international bodies.
Despite the disruption of the 2019/2020 school year, results of the 2019/2020 Ordinary level GCE examination witnessed an improvement from 62.15 to 64.04% while that of the Advanced level dropped.
By Neville Mesumbe