North West-Cameroon: Close to 16.000 pupils defy Security, transportation difficulties to write Common Entrance
By Bakah Derick
The North West Regional Delegation for Basic Education has revealed that 15 797 candidates have effectively written the 2022 government common entrance examination in the region.
According to a release which www.hilltopvoices.com got a copy, the close to 16000 pupils sat for the examination in 255 operational centers for this years session on Tuesday 17 May.
Though some of the operational centers did not register candidates for the common entrance according to the release, the preliminary report on the examination conduct reveals that the region has a total of 281 centers emplying that at least 26 are not operational.
Indicating that enough security dispositions where taken to ensure hitch free examinations, the regional Delegate for elementary schools Wilfred Wambeng say not fewer than 284 candidates were absent putting the number of registered pupils at 16, 081.
Parents had to accompany their children to examination centers. A majority of them did so on foot due to the absence of public transportation and a ban on circulation by separatists advocating for the independence of the region. We cannot say if they targeted the examinations with the ban. However the decision had an impact on exercise which saw parents accompany their children to the centers and spent the day watching them write.
With previous attacks on pupils, teachers and school buildings, lots of attention was paid on security. Armed soldiers could be seen around the examination centers in the region.
So far, no incident has been reported either during or after the examination.