The Appointment of Pioneer GCE Board General-Manager & Deputy Director-General.
The Pioneer GCE Board General-Manager, as well as Deputy Director-General of the Cameroon General Certificate of Education (GCE) Board, is expected to be named in the days ahead following an October 22 presidential decree that overhauled the structures of the board.
Decree No 2018/514 of 22 October 2018
According to decree No 2018/514 of 22 October 2018, signed on October 22, 2018, the Anglo-Saxon examination board shall henceforth be headed by a Board accompanied by representatives from several administrative institutions.
The decree states that the board is now an administrative public establishment, endowed with legal personality and financial autonomy.
Going by the decree, the general purpose of the board shall be the organisation of the following examinations: GCE Ordinary level, GCE Advanced level, Technical and Vocational Education and professional certificate examinations.
Chapter II of the decree states that the board shall be managed by both the board of directors and the registry, all appointed by Presidential decree.
The decree however states that the Registrar of the Board shall be responsible for the management of the Board under the control of the Board of Directors.
All previous provisions of the Board are by this present decree repealed, part of the decree states.
The Registrar becomes General-Manager
- The Registrar of the Board will hence be referred to as “General-Manager” to be assisted by a deputy. They will hence be appointed by a presidential decree for a mandate of three years renewable twice.
- They shall work under the supervision of the Board of Directors in their administrative, financial and technical management of the Board.
The Board of Directors
- Article eight of the presidential decree states that “The Board of Directors shall comprise seven (7) members including the Chairperson.”
- Members of the Board, in the new dispensation, will comprise, a representative of the Presidency of the Republic, a representative from the Prime Minister’s Office, a representative of the Ministry of Secondary Education, a representative of the Ministry of Finance, Representative of the Ministry of Higher Education and a representative of the staff of the Board, elected by their peers.
- The Decree further states that “the Chairperson and Members of the Board of Directors shall be appointed by the Decree of the President of the Republic for a three (3) year term renewable once”.
The General-Manager & Deputy Director-General.
The Presidential Decree, reorganizing the Board has caused some significant and even worrisome changes. Unlike before, there will be no representative of the Parents Association.
The new text does not also make provision for any teachers’ representative at the Board and that of various education secretariats of lay-private and denominational schools.
GCE Boards worldwide
Another controversy is that GCE Boards worldwide are headed by Registrars unlike the case of Cameroon wherein it will be headed by a Director-General and Deputy Director-General.
Many have already taken offense on the issue of the non-representation of teachers’ unions, considered to be the group that fought and bled for the creation of the Board.
People have been quick in pointing out that the Board of Directors, are all appointees from Government offices, apart from one who will be elected by GCE Board staff to represent them.
What is not included
There will be no representative from the University of Buea that used to play a significant part in the Board deliberations and co-signs Certificates issued by the Board.
Chapter 48 of the Presidential Decree states that “All previous provisions repugnant to this decree are repealed notably the provisions of decree No.112/CAB/PM of 12 October 1993 to define and determine the administrative and financial organization of the General Certificate of Education Board.”
The seven chapters and 51 articles of the presidential decree transforms the GCE Board into a para-statal with the recent reforms said to usher in financial autonomy and improve on the management of the Board.