11 July 2017

Cameroon: End of 2016/2017 School Year - Professional Schools On the Offensive

Commercial agents of some schools canvas for potential candidates through enticing prospectus.

Professional schools in the economic capital, Douala, have resorted in offensive advertising, convincing high school students to go professional by enrolling in their various institutions of higher learning. Commercial agents of such school move from one street to another, markets and sharing enticing copies of prospectus to students and parents. During the 2016/2017 written part of the General Certificate of Education, GCE, they visited accommodation centres at strategic hours (the end of the morning session at 11am and the end of the afternoon paper at 4pm) when students are moving out of the examination hall. Fields like petroleum engineering, petroleum exploration, petroleum geophysics, oil and gas drilling engineering, mechanical and civil engineering and electrical engineering are appealing. Since most Cameroonians believe there is much money in the petroleum sector, they want to enrol their children in such schools. According to a science student in Government Bilingual High School Bonaberi, Edgar Koun, his parents insisted he be enrolled in a professional school in order to be self-employed should he doesn't have a job after studies.Edgar, who refused initially because he wanted to go to the university and study political science like one of his friends, finally understood after discussing with a guidance counsellor on his parents positionand discovered his parents wanted the best for him. Stanley Ngoeh, one of the commercial agents of Cameroon Petrochemical Engineering Academy, disclosed he visited at least three schools each day during the written part of GCE, sharing more than four hundred prospectus. "One never knows which student will enrol, reason why I share the maximum I can," he explained. Before moving to accommodation centres, streets, churches and markets to share prospectus, some professional schools usually give prizes and scholarships to students during end-of-year ceremonies that act as a stimulus to parents. Some schools go as far as reducing part of the tuition fees, which further motivate parents to send their children to such schools.

Commercial agents of some schools canvas for potential candidates through enticing prospectus

Professional schools in the economic capital, Douala, have resorted in offensive advertising, convincing high school students to go professional by enrolling in their various institutions of higher learning. Commercial agents of such school move from one street to another, markets and sharing enticing copies of prospectus to students and parents. During the 2016/2017 written part of the General Certificate of Education, GCE, they visited accommodation centres at strategic hours (the end of the morning session at 11am and the end of the afternoon paper at 4pm) when students are moving out of the examination hall. Fields like petroleum engineering, petroleum exploration, petroleum geophysics, oil and gas drilling engineering, mechanical and civil engineering and electrical engineering are appealing. Since most Cameroonians believe there is much money in the petroleum sector, they want to enrol their children in such schools.

According to a science student in Government Bilingual High School Bonaberi, Edgar Koun, his parents insisted he be enrolled in a professional school in order to be self-employed should he doesn't have a job after studies.Edgar, who refused initially because he wanted to go to the university and study political science like one of his friends, finally understood after discussing with a guidance counsellor on his parents positionand discovered his parents wanted the best for him. Stanley Ngoeh, one of the commercial agents of Cameroon Petrochemical Engineering Academy, disclosed he visited at least three schools each day during the written part of GCE, sharing more than four hundred prospectus. "One never knows which student will enrol, reason why I share the maximum I can," he explained. Before moving to accommodation centres, streets, churches and markets to share prospectus, some professional schools usually give prizes and scholarships to students during end-of-year ceremonies that act as a stimulus to parents. Some schools go as far as reducing part of the tuition fees, which further motivate parents to send their children to such schools.

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