By Christopher Ambe
The certificate- award ceremony ,which brought together hundreds of education officials, teachers, recipients and parents, was chaired by Southwest Regional Governor, Bernard Okalia Bilai,according to Njika Joseph, Southwest Regional Delegate for Basic Education .
Mr. Njika, who told The Recorder on Tuesday that the ceremony is of great importance because people had gone for years without certificates, said the certificates given out were specially printed in France, making it very difficult for forgers to print them.
“The certificates handed over are of high quality and were printed in France with much security”, the Regional Delegate said, adding that “they have special features to guard against fraud and forgery.”
Of the total of 71,763 certificates given out in the Southwest, the breakdown is as follows;
1) 65,659 FSLC (II) 2,506 CEP and ( III) 3,607 CAPIEMP
It is hoped that because of the delay in issuing the certificates by the Ministry of Basic Education, school officials concerned would not further complicate the process of collection by their owners under any pretext.
Mr. Njika commended the Minister of Basic Education Youssouf Hadidja Alim for the initiative as well as for her sustained efforts in promoting quality but affordable basic education in Cameroon.
In the absence of original certificates various graduates were using poorly designed attestations of results issued by the Ministry of Basic Education. And these attestations were easily falsified by forgers for selfish motives.
First Published in The Recorder Newspaper,Cameroon of February 15,2013