Despite our best efforts, officials of mobile telephone network (MTN) have been unable to confirm or deny if they paid the GCE board any money to allow them have exclusive rights to GCE Ordinary and Advanced level results soon after they were released.
Candidates had to dial special MTN numbers to get their results, the first time this was happening with parents and students complaining it was to help the South African mobile company generate more profits.
GCE Board Registrar Humphrey Ekema Monono on Wednesday August 8, 2013, denied allegations that the board signed a secret deal with the mobile company to make the results available through its network.
Speaking during a hurriedly convened press briefing at the Sandpit headquarters of the Board in Buea, Monono explained that in its modernisation drive, the board bought a code from the Telecommunications Regulatory Board, TRB, which could enable candidates access their results via SMS.
He accepted that candidates initially had problems using the service when the results were first released on July 31, 2013, adding that the results would still be available for students to access till the end of August.
Monono said part of the reason the board changed tactics to release the results by SMS was to meet international standards by making the results personal to the students and not a matter for the general public.
“We are making efforts to solve a problem from the beginning, the manner in which results were disseminated. Now, we have to master and ensure that the board and Cameroonians are safe,” he said.
Monono said the board had to also use modern telecommunication methods in releasing the results as a means of showing it was in tune with developing trends.
“Our romance with the print media in Cameroon will not stop but we have to concretely pave the way forward. The suggestions from them will only make the board a better place,” he noted. A few Local newspapers usually printed the results soon after they were released.
He dismissed claims that the results were given to MTN, noting that they had their server and the code procured from TRB to move on with the operations.
“This was only another method crafted by the board to make available the results to candidates. It was not obligatory to access the results via SMS. Before we declared the results, all the examination centres across Cameroon had them; the slips and result booklets. However, we accept the comfort and discomfort of modernisation,” he stated.
On the 2013/14 vision of the board, Monono indicated that unlike in the past, there would be no late or extra-late registration for potential candidates, saying this request falsified the statistics of the board as they moved on with the examination process.
Humphrey Ekema Monono has been Registrar of the Cameroon GCE Board since 2006.