Cameroon GCE Board

The Cameroon General Certificate of Education (GCE) Board is the official body in charge of organizing end-of-year examinations for candidates writing the GCE O and A Levels. The Main Office is located in Buea, Southwest Region (Cameroon), and the Current Registrar Dang Akuh Dominic. The Cameroon GCE board was established in 1993 as a public examination body supervised by Cameroon ministry of secondary education in Yaoundé.

Cameroon General Certificate of Education Board
AbbreviationCameroon GCE Board
Formation1 July 1993
Founded atBuea, South West Region
TypeGovernmental Organization
Legal statusOrganization
PurposeAccountability, comparability, equity, fairness, validity.
HeadquartersBuea, South West Region
Location
  • Cameroon
Official language
English
Board Chairman
Prof Ivo Leke Tambo
Registrar
Dang Akuh Dominic
Supervisor
Nalova Lyonga,
Main organ
General Certificate of Education
Websitewww.camgceboard.com
Formerly called
General Certificate of Education

The following examinations are organized by the GCE Board as of 4 March 2019:

  • The General Certificate of Education Examination Ordinary Level
  • The General Certificate of Education Examination Advanced Level
  • The Technical and Vocational Education Examination Intermediate Level
  • The Technical and Vocational Education Examination Advanced, and the Professional Certificate Examination

OverviewEdit

The General Certificate of Education is a pure UK system of education adopted by Anglo-Saxon Cameroon.

In Cameroon, the GCE Ordinary Level examination is a 3-year course program starting from Form 3 to Form 5 (Years 9 to 11). It is usually written in Form 5 (Year 11) in Secondary schools, meanwhile the GCE Advanced Level examinations are written in Upper 6 (Year 13) in High school.

CreationEdit

By a Presidential Decree of March 1997, the GCE Board was authorized to organize the Baccalauréat Technique and related examinations in English for English speaking candidates. Although the names of these examinations were in French, questions were in English and candidates answered them in English, which was their language of instruction.

ChairmanEdit

The new GCE Board chairman, Prof Ivo Leke Tambo[1] is the former Secretary-General at the Ministry of Basic Education. He had earlier served at the Ministry of Secondary Education in the same capacity. He took up the position from the Former Minister for Special Duties at the Presidency, Prof Peter Alange ABETY.

RegistrarEdit

The current Registrar is Dang Akuh Dominic,[2] who took up the position on 31 January 2018 from Monono Ekema Humprey.

SupervisorEdit

It is supervised by Nalova Lyonga, Cameroon Ministry of Secondary Education in Yaoundé,[3]

StatisticsEdit

In 2018, Statistics from the GCE Board showed that there was a 67.4% passed at the Advanced Level as against 35% in 2017. At the Ordinary Level,  50% passed compared to 25.29% in 2017.

In 2020, Statistics from the GCE Board show that at the Ordinary levels, results have witnessed improvement from 62.15 to 64.04% while at the advanced level, the result however dropped from 74.24% in 2019 to 64. 4% in 2020.

OfficesEdit

The head Office is situated at Molyko Street, 3.0 km from Mile 17 Motor Park, Opposite Molyko police, Buea.

The Regional Office is located in Bamenda, North West Region, Cameroon.

Organizational ChartEdit

 
The Cameroon GCE Board Organizational Chart

Decree 2019/100 of 4 March 2019 to modify and complete certain provisions of Decree 2018/614 of 22 October 2018 to reorganize the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Board.[4]

They have now been replaced by the following examinations:

  • Intermediate Technical and Vocational Education (ITC).
  • Advanced Technical and Vocational Education (ATC).
  • Professional Certification Examination (APC).

The GCE ITC and ATC are written for the first time and has come to replace the CAP/OL Technical and BACC/AL Technical respectively.

Management of the BoardEdit

  1. The Board of Directors
  2. The Registrar

The Registrar is the Chief Executive Officer of the Board. In that capacity, he represents the Board in all academic matters. He is also the chairman of the Examinations Executive Committee (EEC).

The EEC is responsible for all academic matters of the Board. It is also responsible for the organization, quality control, and development of the Boards Examinations.

Grading systemEdit

Letter grades are used and below is the grading system used by the Cameroon GCE board for the examinations it administers:

  • GCE O Level Grading scale: A, B, C and u

Letter grades A, B, and C represent a passing grade, with the A grade being the highest and the C grade being the lowest, and U (unclassified) representing a fail. Grades lower than C are not stated on the certificate.

  • GCE A Level Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, O, or F

Ordinary Level General GradingEdit

Attainment is indicated by the Grades A to E of Which Grade A is the highest and Grade E the lowest. A candidate with Grades A, B, or C has reached the standard of subject pass at the Ordinary Level. Grades D and E indicate a lower level of attainment, not representing a pass. Grade E being the lowest level of attainment judged by the Board to be of sufficient standard to be recorded. Performance below the standard Grade E will be unclassified and will not be indicated on the certificate.[5]

Advanced Level General GradingEdit

Attainment is indicated by the Grades A to E of Which Grade A is the highest and Grade E the lowest. A candidate with Grades A, B, C, D or E has reached the standard of subject pass at the Advanced Level. Grades F indicate a lower level of attainment, not representing a pass. Grade F being the lowest level of attainment judged by the Board to be of sufficient standard to be recorded. Performance below the standard Grade F will be unclassified and will not be indicated on the certificate.

TimetableEdit

The decision No 787/19 of MINESEC/SEESEN/ SG/DECC/SDOEC of 28 October 2019 signed by the Minister of Secondary Education,[6] Nalova Lyonga, sets the timetables for official or end-of-course examinations, when they will be written, marked and deliberated upon as well as deadlines for the publication of results.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GCE Board: President Paul Biya appoints Prof Ivo Leke as Chair". Cameroon Radio Television (in French). 30 January 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  2. ^ Bruno, Ningmua (14 January 2020). "Dang Akuh Dominic as new registrar of the Cameroon General Certificate of Education also known as GCE Board" – via Camgceboard.
  3. ^ "Learn More About the Cameroon GCE Board". www.camgceboard.com.
  4. ^ Ningmua.Bruno (21 January 2020). "2019 Presidential decree on the Reorganization of the Cameroon GCE Board". CamGCEBoard. Retrieved 24 August 2020.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 July 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Bruno, Ningmua (29 October 2019). "GCE 2020 Official Examinations Timetable has been released". Bfas237Blog. Retrieved 18 January 2020.

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