BREAKING NEWS: 2017 GCE Registration Extended, School Hours Increased in Anglophone Regions

Head office of the GCE Board in Buea
Head office of the GCE Board in Buea

By Folegwe II Menky, March 04, 2017

Cameroon Journal, Buea – Registration for the 2017 session of examinations organized by the Cameroon General Certification of Education Board has been extended across the national territory to Monday March 20.

Members of the Cameroon GCE Board who met in session on Friday March 3, in Buea, authorized the Registrar of the Board to effect the extension. Registration for the 2017 session of the GCE exams had earlier ended on Tuesday, February 28, following a former extension.

Close to the February 28 deadline, The Registrar of the Cameroon GCE Board said about 70, 000 candidates had registered across the country, as against 183, 000 last year.

Meantime, the Minister of Secondary Education, Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe, signed an order same Friday March 3, increasing school hours in the North West and South West Regions.

Going by the Ministerial Order, 17 hours of teaching per week will be added in the two English speaking regions from March 6 to May13.  Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays will have two additional hours while Wednesdays will have three hours. Saturdays will have six additional hours.

The Secondary Education Minister also prescribed extra two weeks of lessons for examination classes and one week for other classes during the Easter holidays scheduled from Friday March 31, to Monday April 17.

The Minister said the measure is to catch-up following the disruption of pedagogic planning following months of industrial strike by Anglophone teachers.

Though officials of Anglophone Teachers’ Trade Unions had on February 3, called off a strike they initiated on November 21, 2016, classes remain ineffective.

Members of Parent Teacher Associations of lay private, confessional and public schools have called on parents and children to go back to school beginning Monday March 6. It’s left to be seen whether parents will send their children to school. Officials of the original Consortium that instituted the strike continue to insist that no parent should send his child to school until gov’t officially satisfies the demands of Teachers and Lawyers.



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