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Gov’t Should Not Interfere In GCE Board Affairs – Asonganyi 

Interviewed By Meshack Mbeng & Nelen Beteck*

Prof. Tazoacha Asonganyi, senior lecturer at the Yaounde University Teaching Hospital, CUSS, and a well known political commentator has challenged the recent appointment of Messrs Stephen Kanjo and Denis Mofor respectively as Deputy Registrar in charge of Technical Services and Deputy Registrar in charge of Exams at the GCE Board. Asonganyi decried what he terms the high-handed manner with which the Minister of Secondary Education, Bapes Bapes, appointed the new officials, saying the Minister’s action was ill advised. Read on:

The Post: What is your evaluation of the performance of the GCE Board since 1993?

Prof. Asonganyi: As an outsider watching it from the sidelines, I think they have been doing very well so far. It started from Azong Wara, went to Omar Yembe and its now with the new Registrar. They organise exams normally, release results, give out results slips and I think they also give certificates which is what most universities do not do in Cameroon.

Would you say the content of the examinations meet global standards?

Well, I will not say I examine the questions they set, but I guess that as a board that was created from the London GCE and a board that has received a lot of training and coaching from the London GCE authorities, their exams are world standard. We have not heard that people who have had the Advanced Level Certificate and gone to the university have problems at home and abroad. The students involved in the Faculty of Medicine and in competitive exams do very well. For this reason I think the standards are good.

What is your opinion about the recent appointments at the Board?

What I heard was that the Minister did the appointment in violation of the text that regulates appointments into the GCE Board. I think that there are rules of laws and when we talk of rules of laws, it should be binding on everybody. If what people are saying is true, civil society or somebody should take the Minister to court or go to the Administrative Bench to ask that the text be cancelled and the right procedure followed.

It is a matter of principle and not that those appointed are not efficient. The principle is not done single-handedly on dismissal and appointment of members. Therefore, he should allow the Board to sit and make proposals. Even if he infiltrates his own proposals behind for the Board to adopt, he should know that point. So, these are rules of law issues that should not be allowed to stand.

How do you see the future of the GCE Board?

The future of the GCE Board is bright. Anything that you acquire from a hard struggle always has a bright future. I think English-speaking Cameroonians fought very hard to have the GCE Board to protect the English-speaking system of education in Cameroon because it was being tossed around.

So, this was eventually created. I can only think that the government will not interfere with it too much. This interference of the Minister appointing people single-handedly should be challenged so that the Board continues to move as an institution that respects the rule of law.  

*(ASMAC Journalism Students On Internship)

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