Cameroon GCE Board

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Cameroon General Certificate of Education Board

The Cameroon General Certificate of Education Board known as Cameroon GCE Board, is the public examination board responsible for setting examinations, marking them, and distributing results for Anglo-Saxon Cameroonian secondary school students at two stages; Stage 1: The GCE Ordinary Level ("O Level"), a subject-based qualification conferred as part of the General Certificate of Education, for students having completed a 5-year secondary education program, with students qualifying to sit the GCE O' Level examinations; and Stage 2: The GCE Advanced Level ("A Level"), another subject-based qualification conferred as part of the General Certificate of Education, as well as a school leaving qualification offered by the educational bodies and authorities to students completing secondary or pre-university education, for students having completed a 2-year High School education program, and who have previously sat and been successful in at least 4 GCE O' Level subjects. GCE A' Level examinations are written by upper sixth students.

The General Certificate of Education is a pure UK system of education adopted by Anglo-Saxon Cameroon.

In the 2015/16 academy year, about 182,416 candidates sat for both the GCE examinations in Cameroon with over 138,000 candidates for the O' Level, and 46,000 for the A' Level examinations.[1]

It was founded in 1993,[2] and the current Registrar is Monono Ekema Humprey, who took up the position in 2006.[3]

History[edit]

The Cameroon GCE board was officially created in 1993, according to a book titled “The Cameroon GCE Crisis: A Test of Anglophone Solidarity.” The book says the creation of the board was spearheaded by Anglophone community groups, such as the Teachers' Association of Cameroon (TAC), lead by Mr. Peter Chateh; churches; Confederation of Anglophone Parents’ Teachers’ Association of Cameroon (CAPTAC), with other trade union groups also playing a pivot role in the creation of the board.

It took 10 years, from 1983 to October 1993 for a consensus to be reached by the aforementioned groups and the Government of Cameroon to create an examination board to award certificate to Anglophone Cameroonian students.[4][5]

Before the Cameroon GCE board came to existence in 1993, certificates were awarded to Anglophone Cameroonian student by the General Certificate of Education in UK as it was a Trust Territory under British administration (known as British Cameroons) from 1922 to 1961.

Grading system[edit]

Letter grades are used and below is the grading system used by the Cameroon GCE board for the examinations it administers:

  • GCE O Level Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, U

Letter grades A, B, and C represent a pass grade, with the A grade being the highest and the C grade being the lowest, and U (unclassified) representing a fail. Grades lower than C are not stated on the certificate.

  • GCE A Level Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, O or F

Letter grades A, B, C, D, and E represent a pass grade, with the A grade being the highest and the E grade being the lowest. An F (fail) is not a passing grade and is not stated on the certificate.[6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ndukong, Kimeng Hilton (25 April 2016). "Cameroon: Publication of Results - GCE Board to Involve Newspapers" – via AllAfrica.
  2. ^ "Cameroon GCE Board: 20 Years Of Stagnation? (1) - CameroonPostline". www.cameroonpostline.com.
  3. ^ Manga, Pegue (17 March 2006). "Cameroon: Humphrey Monono is New GCE Board Registrar" – via AllAfrica.
  4. ^ http://www.africanbookscollective.com/books/the-cameroon-gce-crisis/The%20Cameroon%20GCE%20Crisis%20-%20Preface.pdf
  5. ^ "Cameroon GCE Board: 20 Years Of Stagnation? (1) - CameroonPostline". www.cameroonpostline.com.
  6. ^ https://www.nuffic.nl/en/publications/find-a-publication/education-system-cameroon.pdf