Two centres scored zero passes, results of two others' withheld.
The 15-year-old Cameroon General Certificate of Education (GCE) Board released its 2008 Examinations results last Friday. A total of 76.188 registered, 68.508 sat and 36.277 passed, scoring an overall 52.95 per cent success in all the eight exams organised by the GCE Board. The exams include the GCE Ordinary Level, GCE Advanced Level, GCE Technical O/L, GCE Technical A/L, Probatoire Technique in English, Probatoire de BT in English, Baccalaureat Technique in English and Brevet de Technicien in English.
The exams, in their 14th session since the inception of the GCE Board in1993, registered a general drop from last year's 55.49 per cent to 52.95 this year. However, the General Certificate of Education Exam saw a slight improvement at the GCE A/L scaling from last year's 56.29 per cent to 57.79 this year. The GCE O/L dropped drastically from 55.49 in 2007 to 40.29 this year. As the Deputy Registrar for Technical Services, Mathew Abiewa Akoko put it, "the results have been good in most of the exams except the general education O/L and the Probatoire Technique in English that have drown the rest." Under general education, 11 schools out of 259 scored 100 per cent at the Advanced Level. Such include SBC Ashing, BHS Buea, SHS Mankon, SWC Fontem, SHS Douala, SPCCC Kumbo, SAMS Kitiwum, GSS Esu, GHS Kitiwum, GBHS Ngoundere and JMS Kumba.
Two GCE Advanced Level Centres registered zero per cent pass namely SMCCHS Ndop (Centre Number 1401) and Edea External (Centre Number 1239). Meanwhile, the following 13 schools out of 200 scored 100 per cent passes at the GCE Ordinary level namely: PSS Mankon, SBC Limbe, PCSS Buea, SHS Mankon, SJCCC Mbengwi, SBC Ashing, SHS Douala, GSS Anya-Lewoh, FPC Ndog-Mbong, ASBC Bonaberi-Douala , SJTCC Nchang, GSS Sabongari and KLMA Limbe. The GCE Board has withheld results of two exam Centres: English High School Yaounde (Centre Number 1303) and GBHS Mbalmayo (Centre Number 1302) for suspected exam malpractices. The Board praised the Government Technical High School (GTHS) Bamenda for making the highest contribution to human resource development producing 766 passes out 1.417 registered for the Baccalaureat and related exams.
On releasing the results in Buea, Friday 4.30p.m, Mathew Abiewa Akoko, Deputy Registrar of the GCE Board in-charge of Technical Services, warned against publishing results on Internet as well as refused the sale of result-booklets to the public as was the case in the previous years. All results were to be publish by media houses. The GCE Board promised that all Certificates for this year would be available before the end of December 2008. The Board has however condemned school teachers and candidates studying without reference to the official syllabus.
In perspective, the Board has announced the generalised introduction of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) for paper 1 in 2009. They equally announced to prospective candidates that registration for next year's GCE session will begin in October 2008.