By Eric Tataw – Thursday May 30, 2019.
The Minister of Secondary Education in the Central African country of Cameroon has kept her lips sealed over a nasty saga within the jurisdiction of her Ministry that has adversely affected the future of some families.
Pauline Nalova Lyonga Egbe has been blamed as slow and inactive in the manner in which she has responded to a crisis that occurred in a school in Douala in the country’s Littoral Region.
A total of fifteen (15) students of Victory Bilingual College Bois des Senge, a privately owned high school in Douala, Cameroon’s economic capital missed the written part of GCE Ordinary and Advance level 2019, because their registration fee was squandered by the school Proprietor and Principal, National Telegraph has been told.
Reports say the students and their families still remain agitated that neither the Ministry of Secondary Education nor GCE authorities have even nursed the courage to issue statements condemning the act.
The school’s authorities deceived the students that they were registered under the ITEC Examination centers in Akwa, Douala, but on day one of the written part of the GCE, the students could not find their names on the list of registered candidates and were chased away by the supervisors, sources have said.
The angry and disappointed students told National Telegraph they returned to their school in Bois des Senge and met their Proprietor, who refused to receive them, but blamed it on the school Principal, adding he also claimed not to know the whereabouts of the school Principal.
The unfortunate students say they have been demanding their individual time tables since they paid the registration fee but the school administrators who claimed they were duly registered could not provide. They were instead given some identification papers few days to the start of the written part of the GCE, said a victim.
Reports say the school Principal said he was at the GCE Board in Buea in a move to resolve the problem, but some candidates say he is under detention. The candidates and their parents have said they want nothing, but to sit the exams they sacrificed much for.
Parents say they completed their school and GCE registration fees summing up to about 130 000 F CFA per student several days ago. Victory Bilingual College is one of the many schools, whose names featured on the list of Clandestine schools in Douala at the beginning of the year.
The list that contained over 60 schools in the Littoral Region was published by the ministry of Secondary Education. It remains uncertain if the school finally regularized it documents with the Cameroon’s ministry of Secondary Education to obtain due authorization.