By David Atangana.
The June session of the 2023 examinations organized by the Cameroon General Certificate of Education (GCE) board has come under fire following a scandal in the ongoing exercise.
The credibility of the examinations has been put into question after complaints emerged from Yaounde and Bamenda that some teachers leaked some of the examination questions to students in exchange for money.
Some of the teachers, reports say, run WhatsApp fora where examinations questions are leaked with pre-prepared answers at a cost.
MMI was privy to lay hands on some of the pre-prepared materials.
“I want to (draw) the attention of the GCE board concerning the Economics paper 3 for Advanced Level. The questions were out before 1 pm- the writing time,” a disgruntled instructor, who preferred anonymity, told MMI.
“My students from English High School, EHS Yaounde, and the evening section had all answers pre-prepared for them before writing time. They took it into the examination halls in centers where they are writing and copied as instructed on their exam booklet,” the instructor further denounced.
Some of the students, reports say, were caught at Government Bilingual Practising High School Yaounde, where invigilators reportedly allowed students to enter the examination hall with their mobile phones.
MMI is unable to confirm the claims.
However, such a situation is likely to affect the results of those who genuinely studied hard and wrote the exams without malpractice.
A similar situation was also reported in the North West region.
According to MMI findings, the trading of examination questions for financial remunerations is a long-time business.
“I am writing with a heavy heart as the 2023 GCE session questions are now made available to candidates before the examination days,” a source in Bamenda said.
The source continued that “I do not know about other regions but this has been conspicuously noticed here in the North West region where teachers run a chain of leaking exams, using WhatsApp to circulate GCE questions to candidates before writing days”.
“If examination questions are given to candidates before writing day, would it be termed examination again?” the source wondered, adding, “The GCE board should investigate this as fast as possible”