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GCE Board Counts Achievements, Strategises For Challenges 

By Walter Wilson Nana

The Cameroon General Certificate of Education, GCE Board, has highlighted its achievements for 2010, while looking forward to tackle the challenges of 2011. The occasion was the presentation of New Year wishes to the Registrar of the Board, Humphrey Ekema Monono and the send-off of two collaborators, February 1, at the Banquet Hall of Chariot Hotel, Buea.

On behalf of GCE Board staff, Denis Ndasi Mofor, Deputy Registrar in charge of Examinations, said the Board organised a relatively hitch-free 2010 session; going through the chain of activities from the syllabus review to publication of results with no major incidents like leakages and other malpractices. Mofor said results were published in July, for the second consecutive year, making it possible for candidates seeking admission anywhere in the world to meet deadlines.

He highlighted the Board’s diplomatic activities, including participation at the 2010 conference of the International Association of Educational Assessment, IAEA, in Bangkok, Thailand.
The Board’s participation at the Association for Educational Assessment in Africa, AEAA, in Abuja, Nigeria was said to be brilliant, considering that Monono was the chair of AEAA 2010.

"The Registrar led the largest delegation of the Board ever in an international conference, making the Board proud and fostering Cameroon’s educational diplomacy," Mofor stated.
According to Mofor, the Board’s achievements could only be possible with a leadership that is foresighted, proactive, open to discussions, adaptable to change, yet, firm and quick in decision-making.

Mofor expressed regrets on the January 11, 2010, road accident that took away the lives of three workers of the Board and seriously injured 10, resulting in different degrees of disabilities.
He remarked that the money received in 2009 to start the construction work on the permanent site of the Board, which was insufficient, was dwindling in an account because of bank charges.

"Yet the balance needed for take-off, which had been allocated in the state budget of 2010, was not received, despite all efforts made," he said. In 2010, however, the number of candidates registered exceeded 100,000, posing a challenge to the Board to handle the increased volume of work with a reduced staff, while coping with printing machines that were depreciating.

In reaction, Monono said his administration will set up the necessary possible measures needed to ameliorate the working conditions at the Board and correct what needs changing, so that the Board stands amongst the best assessment bodies in and out of Cameroon. He enjoined his staff to show respect for hierarchy and the rules and regulations governing their institution, adding that improved working conditions will be facilitated with the acquisition of effective equipment, where necessary.

"The internal and external seminars will continue and even be stepped up to enable staff build up their capacities in order to catch up with the global trends in educational assessment," he reassured. Monono said the revision of the syllabus of some subjects will open March 21 – 23, with participants converging at Saker Baptist College, Limbe.  Two staff of the Board who are due retirement; Messrs Peter Nde Piyinchu (Examination Officer) and Johnson Efoe (Accountant), were unanimous that the Board is an institution where effort and excellence pay.

"Let’s encourage the Registrar of the Board for the numerous graduates he has produced at different levels at the GCE Board within this period. The ideas of Test Development merged with Research are impacting on the Board positively. So, at 17, the Board should shun adventurism and embrace know-how," Nde said.

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