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The Cameroon GCE Board: Learn More

The Cameroon GCE Board is the official body responsible for the organization throughout the National Territory of the following Examinations, in conformity with Law No, 98/004 of 14 April 1998 laying down guidelines for the Education in Cameroon. It includes:

  • The General Certificate of Education Examination Ordinary Level
  • The General Certificate of Education Examination Advanced Level
  • The Technical and Vocational Education Examination Intermediate Level
  • The Technical and Vocational Education Examination Advanced, and the Professional Certificate Examination.[1]
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Cameroon General Certificate of Education (GCE) Board

Overview

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

In Cameroon, the GCE Ordinary Level examination is a 3-year course program starting from Form 3 to Form 5 (Years 9 to 11). It is usually written in Form 5 (Year 11) in Secondary schools, meanwhile the GCE Advanced Level examinations are written in Upper 6 (Year 13) in High school.

After the Cameroonisation of the London GCE in 1977, things went on smoothly until 1984. From 1984 onwards, the GCE began experiencing irregularities as some London officials began withdrawing. Beginning from 1990, when the University of London Examination and Assessment Council withdrew completely from the role it had played so far on the Cameroon GCE, the irregularities became even more alarming. Some of these irregularities included,

  • The used of GCE questions reserved for future sessions for Entrance Examinations into ENS in 1990,
  • Change of the format of the GCE question papers in 1991 without prior notice to candidates, poor printing,
  • Wrong pagination,
  • Wrong spellings,
  • Shortage of question papers and materials,
  • Late arrival of question papers and the postponement of some papers,
  • Wrong instructions on question papers and examination leakages.

Creation

In response to this popular demand, the Prime Minister of the Republic signed an order (Nº: 194/CAB/PM of 11th September 1992) creating a Technical Committee to carry out studies and make recommendations on the organization and functioning of the GCE Examination Board.

A Presidential Decree No 93/172 of 1st July 1993, The decree empowered the Board to organize its first General Certificate of Education examinations at the Ordinary and Advanced Levels Subjects in June 1994.

By a Presidential Decree of March 1997, the GCE Board was authorized to organize the Baccalauréat Technique and related examinations in English for English speaking candidates. Although the names of these examinations were in French, questions were in English and candidates answered them in English, which was their language of instruction.

Chairman

The new GCE Board chairman, Prof Ivo Leke Tambo[2] is the former Secretary-General at the Ministry of Basic Education. He had earlier served at the Ministry of Secondary Education in the same capacity. He took up the position from the Former Minister for Special Duties at the Presidency, Prof Peter Alange ABETY.

Registrar

The current Registrar is Dang Akuh Dominic,[3] who took up the position on 31 January 2018 from Monono Ekema Humprey.

Supervisor

It is supervised by Cameroon Ministry of Secondary Education in Yaoundé,[4]

Statistics

In 2018, Statistics from the GCE Board showed that there was a 67.4% passed at the Advanced Level as against 35% in 2017. At the Ordinary Level,  50% passed compared to 25.29% in 2017.

In 2019, Statistics from the GCE Board show 110,916 candidates registered for the 2019 session and 98,015 candidates sat for the exams. 66,846 students passed recording a percentage pass rate of 74.24 as compared to 62.27% in 2018.[5]

In 2020, Statistics from the GCE Board show that at the Ordinary levels, results have witnessed improvement from 62.15 to 64.04% while at the advanced level, the result however dropped from 74.24 % in 2019 to 64. 4% in 2020.

Offices

The head Office is situated at Molyko Street, 3.0 km from Mile 17 Motor Park, Opposite Molyko police, Buea.

The Regional Office is located in Bamenda, North West Region, Cameroon.

History

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 certificates to Anglophone Cameroonian students.[6][7]

Following the creation of the Board, the Ministry of National Education set up an Ad Hoc Committee to write the text of application to the July 1st, 1993 decree. On October 12, 1993, the Prime Minister signed the Text of Application; Order Nº : 112/CAB/PM to define and determine the administrative and financial organization of the Board. This led to the appointment of the pioneer Chairman of the Board. The installation of the Chairman by the Minister of National Education on 25th October 1993 in Buea marked the starting point in the functioning of the Cameroon GCE Board.

The initial decree was amended and completed by two other decrees: Nº:97/45 and Nº:91/46 both of 5th March 1997. These amendments widened the scope of activities of the Board to include the organization of examinations in English leading to the award of the Baccalaureat Technique, the Brevet de Technique, the Brevet d’études Professionnelles, and the Brevet Profesionnelle Certificates.

The first council of the Board held on 19th November 1993. Since then GCE examinations in Cameroon have been organized by the Cameroon GCE Board.

First Sessions of the Board Examination

   The Cameroon General Certificate of Education Board organized the first sessions of its examinations as follows:

  1. For the General Education subjects, in June 1994;
  2. For the GCE in Technical Education subjects in June 1995; and
  3. For the Baccalaureat Technique and Related Examinations in June 1997.

International Recognition of the Cameroon GCE Results

  Since the Cameroonisation of the London GCE, the University of London Board has recognized the grades awarded at both the Ordinary Level and Advanced Level as equivalent to the grades awarded in corresponding subjects at the London GCE examination.

Organizational Chart

The Cameroon GCE Board Organizational Chart
The Cameroon GCE Board Organizational Chart

Decree 2019/100 of 04 March 2019 to modify and complete certain provisions of Decree 2018/614 of 22 October 2018 to reorganize the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Board. [1]

  • Mindful of the Constitution;
  • Mindful of Law No. 98/004 of 14 April 1998 to lay down guidelines for education in Cameroon;
  • Mindful of Law No. 2017/10 of 12 July 2017 to lay down the General Rules and Regulations Governing Public Establishments;
  • Mindful of Decree No. 76/555/PR of 24 November 1976 bearing on the institution of «General Certificate of Education” Examinations in Cameroon;
  • Mindful of decree No. 93/172 of 1 July 1993, Creating the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Board, as amended and supplemented by Decree No. 97/045 of 5 March 1997;
  • Mindful of decree No. 95/035 of 24 February 1995 to organize Secondary Education “Baccalauréat” examinations, as amended and supplemented by Decree No. 97/046 of 5 March 1997;
  • Mindful of Decree No. 2018/614 of 22 October 2018 to reorganize the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Board.

They have now been replaced by the following examinations:

  • Intermediate Technical and Vocational Education (ITC).
  • Advanced Technical and Vocational Education (ATC).
  • Professional Certification Examination (APC).

The GCE ITC and ATC are written for the first time and has come to replace the CAP/OL Technical and BACC/AL Technical respectively.

The Management organ of the Board shall be:

  1. The Board of Directors
  2. The Registrar

The Registrar is the Chief Executive Officer of the Board. In that capacity, he represents the Board in all academic matters. He is also the chairman of the Examinations Executive Committee (EEC).

The EEC is responsible for all academic matters of the Board. It is also responsible for the organization, quality control, and development of the Boards Examinations.The Cameroon GCE Board Organizational Chart

GCE Ordinary and Advanced Level Examinations

The General Certificate of Education Examinations Ordinary and Advanced Levels shall normally mark the end of the fifth Form and Upper Sixth Form respectively of secondary general education.

The examination shall be broad-based and shall set out to measure the candidate’s knowledge of the world around him, his capacity to think, apply, synthesize and evaluate knowledge and situations in relation to the subjects for which he shall be presenting himself at the ordinary or Advanced Levels.

The examinations shall be open to external candidates on the same conditions as applied to those attending secondary schools. There shall be no limit to the number of sittings.[8]

Type of questions

The questions shall be a combination of objective test (multiple choice), short answer, essay, and practical tests, depending on the nature of the subject.

Regulations and Syllabuses

Copies of these Regulations and Syllabuses are available from the Board’s Publications office. Heads of schools or colleges recognized as centres for the examination will be supplied with a free copy of the Regulations and Syllabuses. Copies may be purchased from the Board’s Library, the Regional Office and the Liaison Offices.The following and any additional instructions were given to you by your Chief of Centre must be strictly respected.

Past Examinations papers

Papers set at recent examinations may be bought from the Board’s Offices. The prices of these shall depend on the volume of the particular question papers and will be found in the publication catalogue.[9]

GCE Ordinary Level Registration Conditions

  1. Candidates for Ordinary Level examinations shall offer at least six subjects which must include the following: English Language, French, Mathematics.
  2. However, candidates who already possess a pass in at least four Ordinary Level subjects or other equivalent qualifications may enter for additional single subjects.
  3. Candidates may enter for at most eleven subjects at Ordinary Level if they desire to include Religious Studies.
  4. Repeat candidates must enter for compulsory subjects unless they show proof that they already possess a pass in the subjects. Photocopies of Results Slips and Certificates must be attached upon registration.

GCE Advanced Level Registration Conditions

Candidates for the Advanced Level examination may enter for at most five subjects.

TVEE Intermediate and Advanced Level Examinations

The Technical and Vocational Education Examinations Intermediate and Advanced Levels shall normally mark the end of the fifth Form and Upper Sixth Form respectively of secondary technical education.

The examination shall be broad-based and shall set out to measure the candidate’s knowledge of the world around him, his capacity to think, apply, synthesize and evaluate knowledge and situations in relation to the specialty/subjects for which he shall be presenting himself at the Intermediate or Advanced Levels.

The examinations shall be open to external candidates on the same conditions as applied to those attending secondary schools. There shall be no limit to the number of sittings.[8]

TVEE Intermediate Level

Each Subject shall have at least two (2) papers and at most three (3) papers:

  • Paper 1 – MCQ (1 ½ hrs)
  • Paper 2 – Problem Solving or Essay (at most 3 hrs)
  • Paper 3 – Practical (at most 3 hrs)

NB: Internship is part of Paper 3 of one of the Professional Subjects as Specified by the Panel.

  • The Professional and Related Professional Subjects are all compulsory likewise English and French.
  • Candidates can select any other two (2) or three (3) subjects in the module of Other Subjects to make a maximum entry of eleven (11) subjects if they wish.
  • Religious Studies can be selected as a subject in the module of Other Subjects but will not necessarily be the eleventh subject.
  • Mathematics shall be considered a Related Professional Subject for Industrial Candidates. Mathematics Paper 2 shall have two (2) separate sections: one for the industrial and the other commercial specialties.

TVEE Advanced Level

Candidates for the Technical and Vocational Examinations at the Advanced Level would be required to choose at least six (6) subjects and at most eight (8) subjects: three Professional and at least three (3) Related Professional Subjects.Each Specialty Subject shall have three (3) papers:

  • Paper 1 – MCQ (1 ½ hr)
  • Paper 2 – Problem Solving or Essay (at most 3 hrs)
  • Paper 3 – Practical (at most 4hrs)

NB: Internship is part of Paper 3 of one of the Professional Subjects will be decided by the Panel.

Pass/Fail Conditions TVEE IL

  1. To obtain a pass in the Technical and Vocational Education Examinations at the Intermediate Level, a candidate must pass in at least FIVE (5) Subjects with at least TWO (2) Professional Subjects and ONE (1) Related Professional Subjects.
  2. A candidate may pass in single subject(s) if he/she does not meet the pass condition in his/her Specialty.
  3. Absence in any Paper of Professional Subjects makes the candidate not to have a pass in the specialty. Such candidate can still obtain a pass in single subject(s).

Pass/Fail Conditions TVEE AL

  1. To obtain a pass in the Technical and Vocational Education Examinations at the Advanced Level, the candidate must pass in at least TWO (2) Professional subjects and TWO (2) Related Professional Subjects.
  2. A candidate who is absent in a Paper of any of the Professional Subjects will not be given a pass in the Specialty.
  3. A candidate could pass in single subjects even when they do not meet the pass condition for the specialty.

Grading system

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 passing 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

Ordinary Level General Grading

Attainment is indicated by the Grades A to E of Which Grade A is the highest and Grade E the lowest. A candidate with Grades AB, or C has reached the standard of subject pass at the Ordinary Level. Grades D and E indicate a lower level of attainment, not representing a pass. Grade E being the lowest level of attainment judged by the Board to be of sufficient standard to be recorded. Performance below the standard Grade E will be unclassified and will not be indicated on the certificate.[10]

Advanced Level General Grading

Attainment is indicated by the Grades A to E of Which Grade A is the highest and Grade E the lowest. A candidate with Grades ABC, D or E has reached the standard of subject pass at the Advanced Level. Grades F indicate a lower level of attainment, not representing a pass. Grade F being the lowest level of attainment judged by the Board to be of sufficient standard to be recorded. Performance below the standard Grade F will be unclassified and will not be indicated on the certificate.

Timetable

The decision No 787/19 of MINESEC/SEESEN/ SG/DECC/SDOEC of 28 October 2019 signed by the Minister of Secondary Education,[11] Nalova Lyonga, sets the timetables for official or end-of-course examinations, when they will be written, marked and deliberated upon as well as deadlines for the publication of results.

GCE Certificates and Result Slip

A result broadcast code-named Form G4/T4 will be sent to each Registration Centre showing the name of the candidate and the grade attained in each of the subjects offered. Statements of results (Results Slip) listing the grades obtained in the subjects entered by each candidate will also be sent to the centre for distribution to individual candidates.

The results will be communicated through the Cheif of Centre and not directly to the candidates concerned. Complains regarding candidates results should be sent to the Chief of Centre who shall have the responsibility to forward such enquiries to the Board.

The Board may communicate a candidate’s results to universities and other authorities that request for them, without prior authorisation from the candidate.[12]

Statement of performance

A statement of performance shall be sent to any bona fide educational institution or prospective employer, on request by a candidate.

Such statements will not be sent to candidates, their parents or anyone claiming to act on their behalf. A fee will be payable for such extra services.

Enquiries upon Results

  1. The marking of papers by the Board or its examiners and the results of such marking shall be final and binding on all candidates and the Board will not, except in its absolute discretion, enter into correspondence about results with candidates or their parents or guardians or other persons claiming to act in locos parents.
  2. Enquiries concerning the results of a candidate must be directed to the Chief of Centre in the first instance. Applications to the Board for a review of a candidate’s work should be made only where the examination performance shows a marked difference from the anticipated performance based on the teacher’s course work assessment.

Details of the procedure for dealing with such enquiries and the scale of fees may be obtained from the Board.

Award of Certificates

  1. The award of certificates is entirely within the discretion of the Board and the Board will not be liable to any candidate in respect to the withholding or cancellation of any certificate.
  2. Certificates remain the property of the Board and proceedings will be instituted against any person who alters one.
  3. All the subjects taken and passed at the same examination shall be included on a single certificate. A candidate who writes both GCE Ordinary Level and Advanced Level, and who merits a certificate at each level, shall receive a separate certificate at each level.

Issue of Certificates

  1. Certificates for candidates will be issued after six (6) months following the publication of results to the Chiefs of Centres for distribution. A certificate shall be issued only to the candidate himself/herself or persons having legal authorisation from the candidate. Candidates are required to collect their certificates from their Chiefs of Centres, latest at the end of March following the date of publication of results.
  2. External candidates will be required to present their National Identity Card to collect the certificate from Chief of Centre. After March the certificates will be returned to the Board. Any candidate who fails to collect his/her certificate at the level of the centre will be required to pay a charge upon presentation of a National Identity Card to collect his/her certificate at the Board’s Head Office in Buea or Regional Office in Bamenda.

Duplicate Certificates / Results Slip

  1. A duplicate certificate / results slip will be issued only when satisfactory evidence of the identity of the candidate is available. Where the Board is satisfied with the evidence provided in this respect and agrees to the issue of a duplicate certificate/results slip, a time gap of at least two working days will be allowed.[13]

Applications for duplicate certificates/results slips shall be addressed to the Registrar. Such an application shall be accompanied by the following;

  1. A certificate of Loss issued by the police or other constituted authority.
  2. A duplicate certificate/results slip fee (amount to be fixed by the Council of the Board)

Official Websites

The official website of the Cameroon GCE Board updates the general public with the latest news, press release, information that the general public may find useful.

Social Media Accounts

https://www.facebook.com/CamGceBoard

https://twitter.com/CamGCEBoard

https://t.me/CamGCEBoard

Also Read this: Dang Akuh Dominic is the new Cameroon GCE Board Registrar

Download official GCE results

You can easily get your GCE results using any of the below channels. Through time, the results are been updated:

What to do before GCE result is published

It becomes really nervous when you feel that the release of the GCE Exam is taking longer than expected to be released. Everyone who passed through the GCE Hell can testify.

Below are some recommended tips to keep you motivated while the GCE results are yet to be published:

  • Regularly check our site for updates
  • Join fun groups on social media
  • Read some motivational books
  • Chat with friends

The feeling if you should fail or pass your exam

It has never been my dream to fail in any exam no matter how difficult it may appear to be. While that be the case, some may not be so opportune to make it through this exam.

Is that the end of the road? Of course not, you shouldn’t give up so easily for you can still take up the challenge when next the exam is been written.

Conclusion

At this point, we are taking our caps off and expressing our most honored respect for you all who took the time to read through this article.

If there was something that you didn’t understand above, then kindly use the comment box and we will take the time to respond to you if time allows us.

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References

  1. ^ “GCE Board: President Paul Biya appoints Prof Ivo Leke as Chair”Cameroon Radio Television (in French). 30 January 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  2. ^ Bruno, Ningmua (14 January 2020). “Dang Akuh Dominic as new registrar of the Cameroon General Certificate of Education also known as GCE Board” – via Camgceboard.
  3. ^ “Learn More About the Cameroon GCE Board”www.camgceboard.com.
  4. ^ “Cameroon: 2019 GCE results up by 11 percent”Journal du Cameroun. 29 July 2019.
  5. ^ http://www.africanbookscollective.com/books/the-cameroon-gce-crisis/The%20Cameroon%20GCE%20Crisis%20-%20Preface.pdf
  6. ^ “Cameroon GCE Board: What you should know”bfas237blog.info.
  7. ^ Ningmua.Bruno (21 January 2020). “2019 Presidential decree on the Reorganization of the Cameroon GCE Board”CamGCEBoard. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  8. Jump up to:a b Ningmua.Bruno. “Examinations » General Certificate Of Education ( GCE ) Board”. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  9. ^ “Past GCE Questions Archives”Edukamer. Retrieved 30 January 2021.
  10. ^ https://www.nuffic.nl/en/publications/find-a-publication/education-system-cameroon.pdf
  11. ^ Bruno, Ningmua (29 October 2019). “GCE 2020 Official Examinations Timetable has been released”Bfas237Blog. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  12. ^ Ningmua.Bruno. “Certificates / Result Slips » General Certificate Of Education ( GCE ) Board”. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  13. ^ “How to Recover lost Cameroon GCE Certificates”Cameroon GCE Board. 15 January 2020.

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Dang Akuh Dominic: Registrar of the Cameroon GCE Board

Dang Akuh Dominic is the new Cameroon GCE Board Registrar. A Prime Ministerial order, January 31, 2018, has appointed Dang Akuh Dominic as new registrar of the Cameroon General Certificate of Education (GCE) Board.

Who is Dang Akuh Dominic? 

Dang Akuh Dominic who hails from Befang, Menchum Valley sub-division of the Menchum Division in the North West Region replaces Humphrey Ekema Monono, who has been heading the organization since 2006.

Born in Muyuka in the South West Region in 1959, Dang Dominic did his primary and secondary education in the South West before pursuing a bilingual degree at the University of Yaounde I.

Since 1982, Dang Dominic has been working at the Ministry of Secondary Education where he has occupied several positions such as Chief of Service for Examinations and Evaluations and National Inspector of Pedagogy in charge of English.

DANG AKUH DOMINIC Registrar of the Cameroon GCE Board
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Post held by Dang Akuh Dominic

Before his appointment as Registrar of the Cameroon GCE Board, he was Inspector Coordinator-General in charge of Bilingualism in the Ministry of Secondary Education since 2013.

Dang Dominic says he was also privileged to study at the University of London and was Chief of Service for Examinations when the GCE Board was created and relocated from London to Cameroon.

The New Registrar of the GCE Board says he is happy to have been part of the pioneer candidates of the Cameroon GCE in 1977 and 41 years after, he is at the helm of the exams body after being a marker, organizer and examiner of GCE Examinations.

Who heads Office du Baccalauréat du Cameroun (OBC)?

The January 31 Prime Ministerial Order also appointed Etienne Roger Minkoulou as director of the l’Office du Baccalauréat du Cameroun (OBC).

Etienne Roger Minkoulou who was formerly Director of Competitive Examinations and Certification at the Ministry of Secondary Education replaces Zacharie Mbatsogo, who has headed the structure to organize French examinations for over two decades.

Further Reading

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Cameroon GCE Registration 2019 Records 17% Drop as compared to 2018

The Registrar of the Cameroon General Certificate of Education, GCE Board, says the 2019 session of the GCE witnessed a 17-percent drop in registration.

Dang Akuh Dominic, made the revelation on April 23 in Yaoundé as he presented a report on the state of preparedness of the Board, for the 2019 GCE examination session.

The Statistics As Compared To Last Year Are As Follows

Registered candidates for 2019 =104,502

Registered students for 2018 = 130,000

Drop in Candidates = 26,000

GCE O/L 2019 = 65,638

GCE O/L 2018 = 78,579

GCE A/L 2019 = 30,498

GCE A/L 2018 = 40,192

GCE O/L Technical 2019= 4,700

GCE O/L Technical 2018 = 5,300

GCE A/L Technical 2019 = 3,621

GCE A/L Technical 2018 = 5,000

For the BAC, Brevet and Probatoire Technique, a general drop was also recorded.

In total, 110,543 candidates will be sitting in for the 2019 GCE session as against 133,104 candidates in 2018, thus a drop by 17 percent.

The registrar equally criticized some irregularities coming from chief of centers which he says still collect money from candidates to register them despite the Mobile Money adopted system.

At the close of the deliberation, Secondary Education Minister, Nalova Lyonga noted that the education family is ready for the end-of-year examinations.

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