2010 CAMEROON GCE RESULTS ANALYSIS
PART A: FAKO DIVISION
Fako, the division in Anglophone Cameroon with the second largest ‘High School’ student population after Mezam in the North West, had mixed results at the 2010 GCE Ordinary and Advanced Levels. The division has 51 secondary schools of which 18 are government, 12 are Christian denominational and 21 are other private.
The Christian denominational schools performed very well at both levels, and their overall performances matched those of Christian denominationals in the North West.
Overall, the government schools of the North West out-performed the government schools of Fako division and the rest of the South West, beating them in every subject.
Overall, Fako division had a 54.34 per cent pass rate at the Ordinary Level, 3.68 per cent below the Cameroon national average. At the Advanced Level, Fako division had a 67.09 per cent pass rate, 2.52 per cent below the Cameroon national average.
The battle for academic supremacy between the high-achieving schools
St Joseph’s College Sasse, Buea, a school that in recent years has been heavily criticised especially by its ex-students (SOBANS) for inadequate leadership and mediocre GCE results, had their best ever GCE results (Ordinary and Advanced levels combined). With 100 per cent pass rate at both ‘Ordinary’ and ‘Advanced’ Levels, they were ranked by the Cameroon GCE Board as the school with the best performance at the Ordinary level and joint top at the Advanced level. Note: the GCE Board’s ranking of schools only takes into account the percentage pass rates and the number of students who sat the exam at the schools. It doesn’t take into account the grades achieved by students, except when classifying students on the Honour Roll. At the Ordinary level, the 109 students of Sasse achieved 219 ‘A’ grades( an average of 2 ‘A’ grades per student, the highest in the school’s history), 470 ‘B’ grades and 359 ‘C’ grades. Six of their students appeared on the ‘O’ Level Honour Roll, and 7 appeared on the ‘A’ Level Honour Roll.
Saker Baptist College, Limbe, one of the most consistent ‘high-achieving’ schools in Cameroon, had a cracker of results at the Ordinary Level (99.18%: 1 unlucky student failed, 121 passed) and Advanced Level(100%: all 85 passed). You can be guaranteed two things whenever students of this school write national exams: a very high percentage pass rate and grades of very high quality. The 121 students who passed achieved 263 ‘A’ grades(an average of 2.17 ‘A’ grades per student, the 3rd highest in Cameroon after Sacred Heart College Bamenda and Our Lady of Lourdes, Bamenda), 471 ‘B’ grades and 419 ‘C’ grades. Their star Advanced level student Namanou Ines Emma Woks, who secured an impressive ‘A’ grade in each of her five subjects and had achieved 11 ‘A’ grades two years ago at the Ordinary level at the same school, was ranked by the GCE Board as the top Advanced level student in the South West and 5th in Cameroon overall. The school produced 6 students who appeared on the Ordinary level Honour Roll and 7 who appeared on the Advanced level Honour Roll.
Baptist High School, Buea, had very good results at both levels (97.22% and 96.34% at Ordinary and Advanced levels respectively). Their 105 students who passed the Ordinary level exam achieved 213 ‘A’ grades, 366 ‘B’ grades and 342 ‘C’ grades. One of its students, Gregory Beti Tanyi, achieved ‘A’ grade in each of his 11 subjects and was ranked by the GCE Board as the top Ordinary level student in the South West and 3rd in Cameroon overall.
Presbyterian Comprehensive Secondary School(PCSS), Buea, and Presbyterian Girls Secondary School (PGSS), Limbe, have proved to the general public that they are no small brother nor small sister to any school in Cameroon after having another year of excellent results. They achieved 100 per cent and 99.08 per cent pass rates respectively at the Ordinary level, with both producing students who appeared on the GCE Honour Rolls. Students and staff of these schools expect the general public to show them the respect they deserve.
Bishop Rogan College, Small Soppo, Buea (all 43 passed at the ‘O’ Levels and all 24 passed at the ‘A’ Levels); Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Muea, Buea( 98.18% pass rate); Good Shepherd, Limbe (private school: all 12 passed the ‘O’ levels), Frankfils College, Buea (private school: 90% pass rate), Summerset Bilingual College Buea (private school: 88.37% pass rate) and Sure Foundation, Tiko ( private school: 87.50% pass rate) all did very well.
Cameroon Baptist Academy, Muyuka, boosted the image of its town (Muyuka) by achieving a 100 per cent pass rate at the Ordinary Level. The towns of Buea and Limbe have always eclipsed Muyuka on exam results, so any 100% pass rate by a school in Muyuka will be highly appreciated by the people of that town.
Of the government schools in Fako division, GSS Bwiyuku, Buea, a school few people within and outside of Fako divison knew existed, surpassed all expectations and achieved 83.33 per cent at the Ordinary level, the highest pass rate by a government school in the division this year. At Bilingual Grammar School, Molyko, Buea, many students passed and at the same time, many failed. Some of those who passed did so very well, as the school produced two students at the Advanced level who had an ‘A’ grade in each of their 5 subjects, a remarkable achievement. The two students, Gwagsi Brian Sentie and Mokube Nabereya Itoe, were respectively ranked 2nd and 3rd in the South West and 10th and 14th in Cameroon overall, by the GCE Board. GSS Buea Town, created in the past five years, surprised many people when their first batch achieved a pass rate of 80.26 per cent. 61 out of 76 students passed the Ordinary level exam. Results of the other Fako schools were satisfactory.
PART B: GCE ORDINARY LEVEL PERFORMANCE ACROSS CAMEROON
B.1 Table summarising the results for each examination in June 2010 compared with 2009 and 2008
% pass 2009
% pass 2008
GCE Ordinary Level
GCE Advanced Level
GCE Technical Ordinary Level
GCE Technical Adanced Level
Probatoire Technique in English
Probatoire de BT in English
Bac Technique in English
Brevet de Technicien in English
B.2 The best results in Cameroon at the GCE Ordinary level were obtained by 12 candidates who achieved ‘A’ grades in all their 11 subjects. These students occupied the first twelve positions on the GCE Ordinary level Honour Roll. An ‘A’ grade is awarded 3 points, B is 2 points and C is 1 point and when students have exactly the same type of grades, the marks they scored in the their subjects within the grade boundaries are taken into account, and that is what the GCE Board uses in distinguishing between them during classification. 253 students made the GCE ‘O’ level Honour Roll, with all scoring a minimum of 28 points. The top 12 students on the Ordinary Level Honour Roll (each had 11A grades) classified in order of merit by the GCE Board are:
1st Galani Kameni Vanessa (female) of Our Lady of Lourdes Sec. School, Bamenda
2nd Gerald Cham Kpu of SPBCC Nkwen, Bamenda
3rd Gregory Beti Tanyi of Baptist High School, Buea
4th Jerry Brown Njoh Aseneh Junior of Sacred Heart College, Bamenda
5th Nche Emmanuel Niba of Sacred Heart College, Bamenda
6th Ndeh Ndifor Fobisi Michael of Sacred Heart College, Bamenda
7th Tse Ernest Chi of GBHS Bafousam
8th Ambe Joe-Bless Che of Sacred Heart College, Bamenda
9th Beukou Fonkou Hygin Steve of Sacred Heart, Bamenda
10th Folefac Akaseng Bertrand of Seat of Wisdom Coll. Fontem
11th Kumbong Sandrine Bershu of Saint Bedes College, Ashing
12th Ngwa Njingeh Bertrand of Saint Bedes College, Ashing
As said before, there were 253 candidates that made the GCE Board’s Honour Roll at the Ordinary level. These students were spread, although unevenly, across Cameroon. The schools with the most number of students on the 2010 GCE Ordinary Level Honour Roll were:
Sacred Heart College, Bamenda (36),
Saint Bedes College, Ashing (14),
Our Lady of Lourdes, Bamenda (13)
CCAS Kumba (8)
Baptist High School, Buea (7)
Saker Baptist College, Limbe (6)
Presbyterian Compr. Sec. School, Buea (6)
Government Bilingual High School(GBHS) Bamenda (6)
GBHS Etoug-Ebe (6)
Seat of Wisdom, Fontem (6)
Saint Joseph’s College Sasse, Buea (5)
Bilingual Grammar School, Molyko, Buea (5)
GBHS Bafousam (5)
Presbyterian Sec. School Mankon, Bamenda (5)
More GCE ‘O’ Level Honour Roll statistics
a) Of the 253 candidates on the Ordinary level GCE Honour Roll:
140 were from schools in the North West
62 were from schools in the South West
50 were from some schools in the Francophone part of Cameroon
1 was from an external centre in the Francophone part of Cameroon
b) Of the 253 candidates on the Ordinary level Honour Roll;
132 were from Christian denominational schools
98 were from government schools (including some from Francophone Cameroon)
22 were from other private schools ( most of the schools are in Francophone Cameroon)
1 was from an external centre
B.3 Anglophone Cameroon DIVISIONS classified in order of merit based on the percentage pass rates. All the North West Divisions beat all the South West Divisions.
Performances in the 2010 GCE Ordinary level Examination by Divisions in the English speaking part of Cameroon.
NW stands for North West, and SW stands for South West
BOYO ( NW )
BUI ( NW )
MEZAM ( NW )
MOMO (NW )
Donga Mantung (NW)
MENCHUM ( NW )
NDIAN ( SW )
FAKO ( SW )
MEME ( SW )
MANYU ( SW )
Kupe Muanenguba sw
A total of 10,571 candidates from the Francophone provinces of Cameroon sat the GCE Ordinary level examination, and about 40 per cent of that number were Anglophones living in those provinces. The GCE is becoming very popular in the Francophone part of Cameroon.
B.3 SUBJECT PERFORMANCE at the 2010 GCE Ordinary Level
Out of 18 subjects examined at the GCE Ordinary level, the highest percentage pass rate was achieved in the following subjects: Food and Nutrition(78.55%), Economics(67.32%), Chemistry(64.18%), Geography(62.70%), Commerce(62.32%), Literature in English(61.77%), and History(60.13%).
The poorest performances at the 2010 GCE Ordinary level were in French (21.81%) and Mathematics (15.00%).
The most popular non compulsory subject at the 2010 GCE Ordinary level was Economics: 52,108 candidates sat the Economics exam and achieved a total 9,393 ‘A’ grades, by far the highest number of ‘A’ grades in any subject in the country. The following subjects had the highest number of ‘A’ grades, that is, at least 1,000 ‘A’ grades:
Economics (9,393), History (2,172), French (1,472), Geography (1,403), Biology (1,123), Literature in English (1,103) and Commerce (1,101).
PERFOMANCE AT THE 2010 GCE ORDINARY LEVEL BY SUBJECT
Subjects are ranked on the basis of their candidate pass rates
Food And Nutrition
Literature in English
PART C: GCE ADVANCED LEVEL PERFORMANCE ACROSS CAMEROON
C.1 Best candidates:
218 candidates obtained the best GCE Advanced level results, passing in at least 4 subjects with total points between 20 and 25 inclusive. As in the previous years, most of these outstanding candidates were in the series Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics.
15 candidates achieved an ‘A’ grade in each of their five subjects, each scoring the maximum 25 points ( A= 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2 and E = 1).
As with the Ordinary level, when candidates achieve the same type of grades, the GCE board uses their exam scores within the grade boundaries to distinguish between them during classification. Hence, the 15 students each with 5A grades at the Advanced level occupied the top 15 positions in the country, and here is how they were classified in order of merit by the GCE Board:
1st (5A) Emani Kuenou Rosy Gaelle , female, of PI and JU Anglo Saxon International College, Yaounde
2nd (5A) Kameni Allain, male, Presbyterian Sec. School, Mankon, Bamenda
3rd (5A) Mbuwie Brida Verwiyni, female, GBHS Kumbo
4th (5A) Mofor Nkaze John, male, Sacred Heart College, Bamenda
5th (5A) Namanou Ines Emma Woks, female, Saker Baptist College, Limbe
6th (5A) Fokum Siyam Karl Stefan Lewis, male, ........... Yaounde
7th (5A) Nguekam Kevin Michel, male, Sacred Heart College, Bamenda
8th (5A) Tanyi Tanyi Ebai Randall, male, Sacred Heart College, Bamenda
9th (5A) Tchapmi Donald, male, GBPHS Yaounde
10th (5A) Gwagsi Brian Sentie, male, Bilingual Grammar Sch. Molyko, Buea
11th (5A) Tonyuy Cedric Burinyuy, male, GBHS Kumbo
12th (5A) Nzozone Henry Fomukong, male, GBHS Santa, Bamenda
13th (5A) Tang Durand Kebuh, male, GBHS Kumbo
14th (5A) Mokube Nabereya Itoe, Bilingual Grammar Sch. Molyko, Buea
15th Ndipenock Daniel Ndipachere, CCAS Kumba
C.2 OUTSTANDING SCHOOLS
The following schools had a 100 per cent pass rate at the Advanced Level. The number of students who sat the exam is given in brackets. The school with the most number of students who sat the exam is ranked higher, etc:
SJC Sasse (99); PSS Bafut (99); Saint Bedes, Ashing (91); Our Lady of Lourdes Bamenda(90);
Saker Baptist College, Limbe (86): Sacred Heart College, Bamenda (86); Seat of Wisdom in Fontem (49); Bishop Rogan College (24); SAMS KITIWUM (21); AIC Yaounde (20); FBC Nkongsamba (17); GSS Wallane (16); NESCAS Yaounde (15); SMCCHS Ndop (14); GSS NKOR-NONI (4); NCHS Ndop (2)
The following schools produced the highest number of Advanced Level candidates on the Advanced level Honour Roll:
Sacred Heart College, Bamenda (23)
GBHS Kumbo (19)
GBPHS Yaounde (11)
GBHS Bamenda (11)
Bilingual Grammar Sch. Molyko, Buea (11)
Our Lady of Lourdes, Bamenda (9)
Saint Bedes College, Ashing, (9)
PSS Mankon, Bamenda (9)
SJC Sasse, Buea (7)
Saker Baptist College, Limbe (7)
CCAST Bambili (6)
GBHS Deido, Douala (6)
GBHS Etoug-Ebe (6)
Seat of Wisdom College Fontem (5)
GHS Limbe (5)
C.3 Performances by Divisions at the Advanced Level
Performances at the GCE Advanced Level by Divisions in Anglophone Cameroon. Divisions are ranked in order of merit based on the percentage pass rates of candidates who sat the exam in the divisions.
Donga Mantung (NW)
Kupe Muanenguba (SW)