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The Registrar of the GCE Board affected after Monday, January 29, 2018, Presidential decree

The Registrar of the GCE Board was also affected after Monday, January 29, 2018, Presidential decree appointing officials of State universities and other citadels of learning in Cameroon in which the Board Chair of the GCE Board, Professor Peter Abety, was shown the door, education stakeholders were already extrapolating about bigger shocks at the Anglo-Saxon examination managing body.

Board Chair of the GCE Board

1) As Prof. Leke Abety was packing his baggage out of office, another seasoned Educationist Professor Ivo Leke Tambo was designated to step into Abety’s shoes as Board Chair of the GCE Board .

2) Prior to his appointment Prof. Leke Tambo was the Secretary of State in the Ministry of Secondary Education. He also occupied the same post in the Ministry of Basic Education.

Registrar of the GCE Board

Humphrey Ekema Monono replaced as Registrar of the GCE Board
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3) On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, ushering Dr. Humphrey Ekema Monono out of office. The now erstwhile Registrar of the GCE Board has been marshaling the examination outfit for close to a decade.

4) Ekema Monono was replaced by another experienced Educationist, Dang Akuh Dominic. The new GCE Registrar before his January 31 appointment was the Inspector General in the Ministry of Secondary Education in charge of Bilingualism.

5) He takes over a GCE Board plagued by numerous challenges among them is the non-payment of GCE Examiners who marked the 2017 session of the examination. He will have to quell their rage be they carry out their threat to boycott the 2018 marking session of the exams.

ASTI

6) It would be recalled that the January 29 Presidential decree appointed Dr. Alexandre Tene Ndeffo as the Director of the Advanced School of Translators and Interpreters (ASTI) at the University of Buea. He replaces Dr. Joseph Suh Che, who goes on retirement.

FSMS

6) Prof. Martha Tumnde, former Dean of the Faculty of Social and Management Sciences (FSMS) in the University of Buea, was promoted to Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Research, Cooperation and Relations with the Business World. She was replaced by Professor Emmanuel Yenshu who was formerly Vice Dean in the same Faculty.

ENS

7) Veronique Kabeyene Beyala was appointed Director of the Higher Teachers Training College (ENS) Bertoua, while Ibrahima Farikou was appointed Dean of the newly created Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences of the University of Ngaoundere.

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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.
  • 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.

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