Thousands of students have begun writing the 2017 session of examinations organized by the General Certificate of Education GCE Board in Bamenda. The students grouped in some special centers hosted by some public schools stormed the examination centers this Monday June 12, 2017 visibly prepared to face the examination despite the difficulties in preparation due to the dampened socio political climate in the city and region by extension. It’s a “kontri Sunday” so we pitch out tent on Government Bilingual High School Down Town Bamenda.
“I am a student of ST Frederick Comprehensive College. I came to school last week and I was told that we will be writing here in down town and that is why I am here this morning. I had to spend FCFA 600 to be here but I am happy many students are here for the exams. I didn’t wear my uniform because I am afraid. I heard the other day that a student’s hand was cut on her way to school so I was afraid since I am coming from inside Makon. i have been reading books and I hope what will come I be able to answer because it has been very difficult preparing.” A female student told hilltopvoices before rushing to the assembly ground.
While at the assembly ground, the chief of center tells the students to respect the time schedule insisting that the morning paper will start at 8am while the afternoon will start at 1pm. this will be received with a disappointing loud sound from the crowd. With a majority of students dressed in assorted, the chief warned against wearing of face caps and oversized pullovers and recommended decent dressing.
As those who had effectively registered and identified their centers rushed to their respective writing halls, others could be seen stranded. The stranded candidates had different worries some had registered but could not identify their halls while others were hoping to register and write same day. Those who had register start the writing before these cases will be looked into.
“I was attending evening school at Ntamulung and have been coming here for almost two weeks to register but the principal told me to come and write. I also heard on the radio and the Crtv that anybody can come and write whether registered or not.” An angry looking man told hilltopvoices  after shouting for long demanding where to register or write. He will later be seen in one of the halls where unregistered candidates were group to write.
Though official sources could not talk to Hilltopvoices probably because they were busy, we gathered from other sources that about 16centers were being accommodated in the campus of GBHS Down Town with an expected number of over 1200candidates for GCE Ordinary and Advanced Level and Close 200 for the GCE Technical. Some of the prominent centers are Or Lady of Lourdes, PCHS Mankon, GBHS Down Town itself and ST Frederick Comprehensive College amongst them an avalanche of external centers on the area.
As the first paper ends a student tells the guardian post “We just wrote Economics paper one. It was easy and most of the things we wrote were most form tree and four work. It was good. I am happy.” Looking really happy he takes off telling this reporter he must go and prepare for Economics paper two in the afternoon.
Security forces around the campus are mixed and combat ready spotted allover as this reporter left the campus.
For three weeks these candidates hope to be here for their exams with no interruption despite the uncertainly that looms with extraordinary security presence.


Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or debakah2004@gmail.com.

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