Candidates in the North West and South West Regions sitting the First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) and its French sub-system equivalence, Certificat d’Etudes Primaires (CEP) joined the rest of their counterparts to take the exams under tight security.
Over 37,000 candidates across the country have taken part in the 2018 end-of-course examinations for the primary level of education in both the Francophone sub-system of Education and the Anglophone sub-system. Tuesday June 12 and Wednesday June 13 was another day of reckoning for the government as the kids in the restive North West and South West Regions successfully sat for the exams like their counterparts elsewhere in the country.
The kids and their parents ignored threats from armed separatists who for the past two academic years have been perturbing schools in the two troubled English-speaking regions. The armed secessionists’ terrorist have burnt down dozens of schools in the two regions, attacked pupils and students and kidnapped and even killed teachers all in a bid to dissuade school activities.
The government on its part has been relentless to ensure school activities go on to its logical end in the crisis rocked regions. Security was stepped out and some centres especially those whose schools were burnt were relocated to ensure that each candidate registered effectively sat the exams.
In the North West Region where the Minister of Basic Education, Youssouf Alim Hadidja personally supervised the conduct of the exams, it was a total success though few absences might have been recorded. After visiting different accommodations centres in Ngokentunjia Division such as the Bamessing Accommodation Centre with 32 pupils, Ecole Publique Francophone with 19 candidates, St Peter and Paul Catholic Primary School, Bamuka, Ndop with 138 pupils, Government Practicing School Bamuka with 228 pupils effectively sitting the end-of course examination, the Minister of Basic Education then visited accommodation centres in Mezam Division where she visited more centres in Bamenda town. She expressed satisfaction for the successful holding of the exams in the Region. While in Mezam, the visiting Minister of Basic Education accompanied by the Governor of the North West Region, Adolfe Lele L’Afrique, encouraged parents who turned out to accompany their kids. Youssouf Hadidja even bypassed protocol to shake hands with some parents and encouraged them. “Everywhere we went, we saw parents who accompanied their children which is a great way of giving their support to the children and ensure that they effectively sat the exams. This is very encouraging and comforting. I am leaving the North West very satisfied after what I have observed,” Youssouf Alim told local reporters in Bamenda.
Over in the South West Region, reports indicate a hitch free examination session in various accommodation centres in the region. The Secretary of State in the Ministry of Basic Education was the government emissary to the Region to supervise the conduct of the First School Leaving Certificate and Certificat d’études primaires et élémentaires premier examinations.