THE CAMEROON GCE BOARD PERSISTS IN IT’S EFFORTS TO ENRICH FOREIGN TELECOM COMPANIES AMIDST POPULAR DISGRUNTLEMENT
Another year of exploitation has come and gone, and the frustration of G.C.E candidates and their loved ones constantly rises.
The reputable Cameroon General Certificate of Examinations Board has succeeded to beckon massive criticisms on itself following their decision to uphold the disappointing manner in which candidates access their results. Before 2013, results of the GCE were released to national print and audiovisual media organs in order to quickly reach anxious students nationwide, especially in those in remote areas who had paid handsomely for the exams.
This notwithstanding, the Board’s Boss, Mr Humphrey Ekema Monono, evidently in search of other avenues to squeeze money out of the pockets of Cameroonians, readily offered an exclusive contract to two foreign Mobile Telecom Companies, MTN and Orange. According to the terms these contracts, Candidates and interested persons would send a text message of the Centre Number and Candidate Number to a short code and each requested result would be made available. At first sight, the idea seems revolutionary and in line with modern technology. But the figures and maneuvers betray the real intentions behind this deal.
Talking about figures, the board has fixed the registration fee for the Ordinary Level at 8.000 FCFA and subject fee at 1.000 FCFA per subject. For the Advanced Level, registration fee is at 9.000 FCFA and subject fee at 2.000 FCFA. These exclude the practical fees of 5.000 FCFA and 12.000 FCFA for industrial specialties at both levels. With some 180.000 (one hundred and eighty thousand) registered candidates for the GCE this year , the estimated income of the board could be nothing less than several billions of Francs CFA. So is the general feeling of discontent with the manner of releasing results justified?
The popular anger is not only inflamed by the fact that people are charged for the SMSes [100 FCFA/request], but also by the anxiety stirred when several SMSes sent by many interested persons, requesting a single candidate’s results are delayed. At the same time, these victims confessed that the above-mentioned network providers continued to send monotonous adverts to them. This clearly exposes the schemer tendencies of the capitalist system which is geared at making maximum profit at the expense of public interests.
Perhaps, the situation could be remedied if students are asked to insert their personal contacts on the registration form, and their results forwarded directly to them. Otherwise, the Registrar can simply give a deaf ear to these burning concerns. After all, he has the support of the powers that be. By kukangley T for alafnet.com
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