By Tata Mbunwe
Secondary Education Minister, Pauline Nalova Lyonga, has launched the GCE 2021 marking session, commissioning some 7,141 GCE markers to begin marking immediately for the next two weeks.
Minister Nalova was in Buea Tuesday, July 27, to open the marking session that is due to begin on Wednesday.
“… you are thus expected to uphold this trust and ensure that the scoring of the scripts is objective, fair, impartial, so that the results of the candidates will be a true representation of their knowledge and competencies acquired in the course of their studies. That is what is reflected in the GCE Board’s motto: Measuring learning with honesty,” the Minister told hundreds of GCE examiners.
At the Bilingual Grammar School, Molyko, which serves as one of the marking centres across Buea and Limbe, the erstwhile University of Buea Vice Chancellor, Prof Nalova Lyonga, charged GCE examiners to uphold the values of Anglo-Saxon education, most importantly honesty.
Some 7,141 markers are due to begin working across 15 marking centres in the South West cities of Buea – where Ordinary Level is being marked – and in Limbe – where Advanced will Level is being marked.
The markers will be assisted by 3,450 temporary secretarial workers recently contracted by the GCE Board to facilitate marking.
According to GCE Board Chair, Prof Ivo Leke Tambo, the board is launching three new initiatives.
One of them is a strategic plan which details projects the Board intends to carry out in the next five years, aimed at making the GCE Board a reference body in examination management in Cameroon.
According to GCE Board Registrar, Dang Ako Dominic, the GCE Board is working steadily towards a safe marking session, especially with the temporal recruitment of over 3,000 youths who have been “taken off the streets”.
The written examination session began on June 29 and ended on July 12. According to Minister Nalova Lyonga, results are expected sooner, so as to ensure a prompt resumption of the 2021/2022 academic year in September.