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The Cameroon GCE Crisis: A Test of Anglophone Solidarity

A Test of Anglophone Solidarity

Francis B Nyamnhoh, Richard Fonteh Akum

Publication Year: 2008

This book richly documents the battles fought by the Anglophone community in Cameroon to safeguard the General Certificate of Education (GCE), a symbol of their cherished colonial heritage from Britain, from attempts by agents of the Ministry of National Education to subvert it. These battles opposed a mobilised and determined Anglophone civil society against numerous machinations by successive Francophone-dominated governments to destroy their much prided educational system in the name of 'national integration'. When Southern Cameroonians re-united with La R?publique du Cameroun in 1961, they claimed that they were bringing into the union 'a fine education system' from which their Francophone compatriots could borrow. Instead, they found themselves battling for decades to save their way of life. Central to their concerns and survival as a community is an urgent need for cultural recognition and representation, of which an educational system free of corruption and trivialisation through politicisation is a key component.

Published by: African Books Collective

Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Preface to the Second Edition

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pp. vi-ix

It has been almost 15 years since the publication of the first edition of “The Cameroon GCE Crisis: A Test of Anglophone Solidarity.” Meanwhile, the . . .

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Preface to the First Edition

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pp. x-xi

The attempt by the Government of Cameroon to reform the General Certificate of Education (GCE) examination in 1983 unleashed . . .

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Chapter One - Anglophone Students of the University of Yaoundé Petition against Introduction of a New Cameroon GCE Scheme for Anglophone Schools Nation-Wide

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pp. 1-48

On September 27, 1983, the Minister of National Education issued a circular restructuring the GCE at both the Ordinary and Advance . . .

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Chapter Two - The Birth and Struggles of TAC

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pp. 49-100

Jing Thomas Ayeh captures the inevitable defeat of Minister Robert Mbella Mbappe to the Teachers’ Association of Cameroon over . . .

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Chapter Three - The Church Played a Major Role

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pp. 101-137

As part of the civil society, the Church did not stay on the sidelines in the struggle to rescue the GCE. From the pulpits and in . . .

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Chapter Four - CAPTAC at the Forefront of the Struggle to Redeem the GCE

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pp. 138-176

On Tuesday September 14, 1993, the GCE examination answer sheets were taken captive, moved out of marking centres in Buea . . .

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Chapter Five - The Board Is Here But...

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pp. 177-225

Ours is such a government of fakes and intriguers that the public needs a heavy dose of vigilance to deal with it. The Anglophone . . .

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Chapter Six - The Day Our Baby Board Came: Accounts of a Victory

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pp. 226-267

Julius M. Wamey, who likened the installation of the first chairperson of the newly created GCE Board to the birth of a baby, described . . .

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Chapter Seven - Effective Marking of the GCE: No Easy Task

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pp. 268-297

Although TAC had promised to begin marking the GCE two days following the installation of the board chairperson, marking . . .

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Chapter Eight - Lessons from the GCE Affair

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pp. 298-312

Rodcod Gobata drew the following lessons from the GCE affair (Cameroon Post No. 190 November 17-24, 1993 p. 5): The French and . . .

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Chapter Nine - The Problem

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pp. 313-341

While the teachers’ strike was raging and paralyzing national life, the Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Simon Achidi Achu, in . . .

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Chapter Ten - What can we learn from our former British education officers?

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pp. 342-363

In the situation which prevails in our country today in general, and in the extremely important field of our Schools in particular, it appears . . .

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E-ISBN-13: 9789956716104
Print-ISBN-13: 9789956558155

Page Count: 376
Publication Year: 2008