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Real Or Fake: 2021 Official Writing Dates Changed

The examinations for the 2021 session is due to take place between May and June, according to the 2021 Official Writing Dates recently made public by the Minister of Secondary EducationProf. Pauline Nalova Lyonga on the 16th December 2020.

In the past, we have always tried so hard to discard fake news that keeps circulating; some of which go as far as tarnishing the name of the GCE Board.

Real Or Fake
Real Or Fake

Every document deemed official should have a verifiable source be it in writing or as a PDF file. This has been the most efficient way to pass information by Government officials.

Introduction

This article tries to explain as brief as it can be to all candidates why they should consider the document named Minesec Calendar Jan.2021.pdf or Nouveau-Cal-Examen-1.pdf as fake.

It is no news in Cameroon that every official press release by the Minister of Secondary Education can be verified from their official website http://www.minesec.gov.cm/en/accueil/. You can always save yourself the perturbation and anxiety by visiting their website if you have any doubt.

Backtracking

On the 26th of October 2020, the GCE 2021 Registration was officially launched across the 10 regions of Cameroon followed by the publication of the June 2021 GCE Examination Revised Timetable (FORM G6) to the general public.

The Deadline for the GCE 2021 registration was set for the 15th of January, 2021 but due to numerous petitions from parents, teachers and students, a Ministerial Decree of 18th January, 2021 was made public extending the registration period to the 15th of February, 2021.

The Investigation

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We received a PDF file, claiming to be an official press release from the Minister of Secondary EducationProf. Pauline Nalova Lyonga. We carried out our investigation and the following assessments were realized:

After performing some reverse search on the PDF file, we found out that a company by the name Intelligentsia Corporation, currently located in CRADAT – YAOUNDE – CAMEROUN is responsible for this malicious act. Their claims are as follows:

  • ■ BACC ESG 2021: Tuesday, June 08 to June 11, 2021
  • ■ BEPC 2021: Tuesday, June 15 to Friday, June 18, 2021
  • ■ ESG PROBATOIRE 2021: Monday, June 21 to Friday, June 25, 2021

Whatever their claim appears to be, they are in no way connected either directly or indirectly with the GCE Board and the MINESEC.

The Result

  • This is just a modified scanned document. No press release was signed on the 5th of January, 2021.
  • The header on this document doesn’t look like any officially signed press release.
  • The GCE, Bepc, Probatoire, and BACC (writing and practical) dates.
  • The decision identification number and date have no backing proof.

All these are not real. You can check minesec.gov.cm or minesec.cm for more information.

The Changes

The dates inscribed on the June 2021 GCE Examination Revised Timetable (FORM G6) officially stated that the Start Date & End Date was due from Tuesday, June 29, 2021, to Saturday, July 07, 2021.

On the 16th of December 2020, an Official 2021 Calendar and Modalities for Registration Examinations was made public by the MINESEC which clearly stated follows:

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It should therefore be noted that the first exams for the 2020/2021 school year will kickstart on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. The written tests for these exams will however be preceded by the practical tests in physical education and sports.

The outcome

These changes are welcomed with mixed feelings. Some students have expressed their dissatisfaction on this pertinent matter meanwhile, others are welcoming the change with much gratitude. However, it should be noted that this change doesn’t affect only the exam organized by the GCE Board.

The following public exams have been affected by this decree:

A-1 Examination of secondary education

  • COMMON ENTRANCE INTO FORM 1 GENERAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION
  • INDUSTRIAL CAP
  • TSTCAP
  • BEPC AND BILINGUAL BEPC
  •  COMMON ENTRANCE INTO FORM 5 TECHNICAL AND FORM 1 BEP
A- GCE BOARD EXAMINATION
B- BACC BOARD EXAMINATION
C- GENERAL EDUCATION EXAMINATIONS
 D- INDUSTRIAL EXAMINATIONS OF SECONDARY EDUCATION
E- TST EXAMINATIONS
F- INDUSTRIAL PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATION
G- COMMERCIAL PROFESSIONAL EXAMINATION

A-2 TEACHERS TRAINING EXAMINATION

  • CAPIET
  • CAPIEMP
  • GTTTC COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION

The Articles

Article 2 – The calendar of sports practicals will be fixed by the regional delegation of the secondary education, from Monday 19th April to Friday 14th May 2021.

Practical sports are placed on the authority of the chief of the accommodation center.

Article 3.- The head of the department of examination and certification, the Registrar of General certificate of the examination board and the Director of Bac boards are charged, each with regards to what concerns, the application of this decision which shall be communicated all over, where needed.

2021 Official Writing Dates Changed

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Schools to officially resume in Cameroon on the 1st of June 2020.

By renewing its barrier measures, the government announced Thursday, April 16th, 2020 the date for the resumption of classes. The resumption of other activities will follow suit. Schools to officially resume on the 1st of June 2020.

Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute

The optimistic tone dominated the evaluation meeting of the interdepartmental committee monitoring the response plan against COVID-19. Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute affirms that “actions to limit the spread of the virus are producing encouraging results”. The government, therefore, plans to resume school and university activity on June 1.

The closure of the establishments will come to an end. We should expect a change in the calendar of the school year by the departments concerned. New dates must, therefore, be set for the end-of-year exams. We will have to make up for the two months sacrificed in the fight against COVID-19

A Blank School Year?

The interest in communicating this resumption date is to keep the educational community mobilized. It is with this objective in mind that the E-learning method was introduced.

You shouldn’t think about a fishtail end of the school year. In the two ministerial departments concerned, it is clearly indicated that the school programs were more than 70% completed.

[Back 2 School] Schools to officially resume on the 1st of June 2020.

To GCE Candidates

The threshold of 600 hours of lessons was crossed. So there was never any question of considering a white year. Candidates for official exams must continue their preparation, pending the new dates.

The prerequisites for resumption

Before May, the government must complete the widespread screening of travelers. The management of positive cases continues. We should cross the 20,000 tests mark this weekend.

Specialized teams will, therefore, have one month to track down cases of community contamination. Nothing changes on the generalization of the wearing of masks and hygiene rules in public places.

Fight against Convid-19 Pandemic

The government is also committed to the local production of good quality masks. The open market situation is a concern across the country.

The continuation of mass screening depends on the material: 300,000 tests and 100 respirators. These respirators will be used to manage patients.

Barrier measures (no assembly, restriction in transport, systematic handwashing) have not changed. The government is continuing to seek funding (FCfa 58 billion).

The response to COVID-19 must be funded and the national economy revived. The identification of the economic impact and support mechanisms continues.

References

Journal Du Cameroon

CRTVWEB

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#StopFakeNews: Alerged School Resumption is False

The Minister of Secondary Education Prof. Nalova Lyonga has dismissed as fake the information circulating on school resumption on 20th April 2020.

Fake Messages circulating on social media earlier today 08th April 2020, had it that a joint release by Minister Nalova and her counterpart of Basic Education states that schools will resume soon.

As part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Cameroon PM Dion Ngute on March 17 called for all schools to be shut down.

Sample of Fake School Resumption Decree

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According to the Fake News

The ministers of basic education and secondary education signed a joint decree on 07 April modifying the 2019/2020 school calendar in Cameroon because of the measures taken to fight the coronavirus pandemic. According to this decree, the 3rd quarter will take place from April 20 to June 19 instead of April 13 to June 05.

The minister Speaks

https://web.facebook.com/CRTVweb/posts/2561027024136285

The orginal Decree

The original decree modifying the academic year was actually signed and published last year. Check the below references for more information

References

http://www.minesec.gov.cm/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/URGENT_Calendrier-Ann%C3%A9e-scolaire-FR_EN_-2019_2020_OK.pdf

https://www.commentpostuler.com/2020/04/arrete-modifiant-le-calendrier-de-annee-2020.html

https://www.journalducameroun.com/information-continu/le-calendrier-de-lannee-scolaire-2019-2020-modifie-a-cause-du-coronavirus/

http://www.cameroondesks.com/2020/04/epreuves-pratiques-deps-aux-examens.html

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