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Cameroon GCE examination kicks off amidst controversial academic year

Close to 130,000 students have begun sitting for the 2016/2017 General Certificate of Education examination this Monday June 12, 2017, do...

Close to 130,000 students have begun sitting for the 2016/2017 General Certificate of Education examination this Monday June 12, 2017, down from 180,000 candidates who took part in the exams the previous year.

This year’s examination, taking place under tight security across various examination centers in the country has witness a drop of close to 50,000 candidates, though registration remains open during the period of writing for the first time in the history of the Cameroon GCE board.

The exam kicks off today amidst calls for a blank school year, due to the ongoing crisis plaguing the English speaking regions of the country, with many schools (amongst them examination centers) even set ablaze by unidentified individuals in  Anglophone Cameroon, in an attempt to prevent the GCE from taking place this year.
GBHS Babessi administrative block set ablaze 
In fact the drop in the number of registered candidates this year is largely because of the Anglophone problem raised in the closing months of the year 2016.

Common law years and Teacher trade Unions took to the streets in November 2016, denouncing the employment of French Lawyers in English speaking Courts who do not understand the application of the British Common Law, While teachers demanded the creation of an Education board to address issues plaguing the English sub-system of education.
Classrooms were completely short down during the first four months of the uproar, when the call for ghost towns dominated government’s decision for immediate school resumption.

Government was forced to shut down internet in Anglophone Cameroon in January 2017 which spanned 3 months, and have since arrested at least 100 people in connection with the Anglophone problem since November 2016.
The uproar was greatly fuelled again in January when the Cameroon government through the Minister of Territorial administration and decentralisations Rene Emmanuel Sadi, banned the Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC) and the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, on the grounds that both groups were illegal.

Following the ban, the leaders of the Consortium Barrister Agbor Balla and the Secretary general Dr Fontem Neba were arrested and sent to the Yaounde Kondengui Central Prison, where they and at least 25 others await trial.

They are being charged with Terrorism, Rebellion against the state, Inciting civil unrest and Breach of the constitution.

Their court hearing has been adjoined on more than 3 occasions, and the military court has refused to grant the outlawed Consortium leaders bail, or place them under judicial supervision.

Their next hearing is scheduled for June 29, 2017.

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