The teachers who were selected to mark the General Certificate of Education (GCE) scripts in Bamenda have been informed that, they will have to move to Buea and Limbe to do the job.
Insecurity and uncertainty according to the authorities who took the decision, are what is characterising the Northwest Region. They think the situation in the South West is better than that of the Northwest.
This marking is scheduled to start on Thursday 13 July 2017. The concerned teachers have to be in Buea before this date. Humphrey Ekema Monono, the Registrar of the GCE Board, even goes as far as threatening those who will not be at his centre before the dateline with severe sanctions.
Everything about this year’s marking session is bizarre, as the participation of students was so timid at the time the exam was being taken. Majority of the students stayed at home for fear of harassment and brutalisation by determined freedom fighters.
The days set for the marking of the Advanced Level have been reduced from 10 to 8 days. This is due to the dropped number of candidates who sat in for the exam. GCE markers do not look at this reduction in the marking period with smiling faces as this will adversely implicate their pay package. They will not earn as much as they could, if the days were left at 10.