GCE begins hitch free in Kumba

Contrary to expectations of a showdown emanating from widely spread rumours evoking imminent sporadic attacks on examination centres by Southern Cameroon separatists, students sitting for the General Certificate of Education, GCE Ordinary and Advanced level certificates in Kumba began writing their first subjects in various centers Monday, May 28 with no incidents recorded.
As early as 7 am on Monday, students could be spotted on the streets in uniforms and casual wears for external candidates, all making ways to their centres.
In order to ensure a smooth kickoff and evaluation commencement of examinations in the chief town of the division, the Senior Divisional Officer Chamberlain Ntou’ou Ndong, alongside the Meme Divisional Delegate for Secondary Education Abunaw Ahgim Obase Junior and other stakeholders were on the field to personally ascertain the reality.
The civil and educational administrators visited the Cameroon College of Arts and Sciences, CCAS Kumba which is one of the biggest centres in the division. The school is playing host to both external and internal candidates. It is, also, accommodating other centres, merged for security reasons.
Apart from CCAS Kumba, they also visited Government High School Nkamlikum. This centre, according to the Chief of Centre has close to a 1000 students. It was equally revealed that centres of GHS Kake, Small Ekombe, Bai Manya , Mbonge Marumba among others had to me merged to Nkamalikum due to insecurity in their localities.
At the various centres, the examiners were told to allow students from any village with conflict to write with accompanying reports to that effect. Apart from few absences and some cases of late coming, examiners say it was a peaceful day one of exams in Kumba.
It is worthy of note that widespread rumours of imminent attack by Southern Cameroonian separatists on examination centres had triggered panic across the entire Meme Division. The separatist are gainsaying the continuous encouragement of students to pursue an education that holds no future for them, judging by its Francophone curricula.
By NGENDE ESTHER

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