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Cameroon General Certificate of Education Board
STRUCTURE, MISSIONS AND MAJOR REALISATIONS OF THE GCE BOARD
1. THE ORGANISATIONAL Set-Up OR
The Cameroon General Certificate of Education Board is a Para public establishment of an administrative nature which was created by Decree No 93/172 of 1st July 1993 as amended by Decree No 07/45 of 5th March 1997. It is placed under the tutelage of the Minister in Charge of Secondary Education.
STRUCTURE OF THE CAMEROON GCE BOARD
The Board consists of:
- Chairperson of the Board
- Examinations Executive Committee
- Division of Technical Service
- Administration Services.
The administrative and financial organisation of the Board is as stipulated in the Prime Minister’s Order No. 112/CAB/PM of 12 October 1993.
The Missions of the Board are provided in Article 3 of Decree No 93/172 as amended by Decree No 97/45 and completed by Prime Minister’s Order No. 112/CAB/PM of 12 October 1993. In brief, the Mission is to organise the following examinations:
- the General Certificate of Education, (General Subjects) Ordinary level
- the General Certificate of Education, (General Subjects) Advanced level
- the General Certificate of Education, (Technical Subjects) Ordinary level
- the General Certificate of Education, (Technical Subjects) Advanced level
- Foreign Examinations
Examinations in English for the award of:
- the Baccalauréat Technique
- the Brevet de Technicien
- the Brevet d’Etudes Professionnelles
- the Brevet Professionnel
For the purpose of carrying out its objectives as specified in article 2 Order No. 112/CAB/PM of 12 October 1993, the Board shall:
- organize examinations for the award of certificates and other distinctions to persons who qualify;
- offer technical advice on the design of learning programmes for secondary educational institutions;
- collaborate with other organizations and institutions responsible for similar examinations in Cameroon and else where;
- conduct and contract research and studies on examinations and other aspects of education;
- demand and receive from any candidates sitting examinations fees such as shall, from time to time, be determined by the Board and approved by the Minister in charge of National Education;
- enter into contracts, borrow, establish trust act as trustees solely or jointly with any other persons and employ and act through agents in accordance with regulations in force;
- accept gifts, legacies and donations but without obligation to accept same for a particular purpose unless it approves the terms and conditions attached thereto;
undertake publishing and book-selling as approved by the Minister of National Education.
3. MAJOR REALISATIONS AND
One of the major achievements of the Board is the ability to publish results of all examinations organised by the Board by end of July or early August.
In the area of IT, most of the examination processes are highly automated. The computerised codification of examination scripts and use of OMR forms has increased security of scripts during marking and greatly reduced the time for script preparation and processing of marks. The Board shall continue to work in the area of automation so that all the routine work that can be handled by machines should be off loaded to machines, and only work that requires human thinking could be left for humans.
The introduction of MCQ format in Paper 1 in all general education subjects as from June 2009 session is another area where the Board will not only be able to test the entire syllabus but would reduce the duration of marking as the MCQs shall be scored by the computer.
In line with the Head State’s aspiration that Computer Science and Information & Communication Technologies (ICTs), are today the driving force in technological development, on which our nation’s economy and our well being greatly depend, the Board has published syllabuses for examinations to begin in these disciplines in 2010.
4. MAJOR CHALENGES
The major and most conspicuous challenge of the Board is accommodation. The present rented accommodation of the Board is wretched and tight, giving a gloomy picture of the Board’s working environment.
In the present circumstances, it is with pains that Board succeeds in maintaining confidentiality, which is an essential ingredient of the Board’s work. The worst aspect, however, is the desolate working conditions inside the hired buildings that house the Board and the inappropriateness of the surroundings filled with noisy bars and restaurants.
It is over three years since the Board was allocated state land in a more conducive area adjacent to the Bilingual Grammar School, Molyko-Buea. The project is yet to take off.
Another major challenge of the Board is finances. While the volume of the Board’s work and the corresponding expenditure has continued to increase, the state’s financial allocation to the Board, understandably due to state budgetary constraints, has remained the same for the past three years. This poses a big challenge on the financial management capabilities of the Board. What is very positive in this regard is that government authorities are very aware of the problem and have expressed their willingness to remedy the situation at the earliest opportunity.
MONONO EKEMA HUMPHREY
CAMEROON GENERAL CERTIFICATE
Telephone: (237) 7761 56 64
OF EDUCATION BOARD
P.M.B. 10, 000 BUEA
South West Province
Facsimile: (237) 7799 11 96, 3332 21 14
CHAIRMAN: Dr. Abety Alange Peter
REGISTRAR: Mr. Monono Ekema Humphrey
DEPUTY REGISTRAR FOR EXAMINATIONS:
Mr. Johannes Ngole Mbong
DEPUTY REGISTRAR FOR TECHNICAL SERVICES:
Mr Mathew Abiewa Akoko
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