Amid Lockdown: Resit Exams Will Not Be Postponed — UB’s Vice Chancellor

UB Central Administration
UB Central Administration

By Paul Njie, In Buea

The Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea, Professor Ngomo Horace Manga has insisted that resit examinations will be written as scheduled, despite opposition from SYNES, UB.

Professor Ngomo Horace Manga in a release on Monday September 2, said that resit exams planned to begin on September 3, could not be postponed as suggested by the National Union of Teachers of Higher Education (SYNES), UB Chapter, because staff and students deserve a vacation, after a “seemingly unending semester.”

“We all want to proceed on vacation! I am sure our students too have had enough of a seemingly unending semester. In addition, students need their degrees as soon as possible to sit for public exams or do other things. It’s unfair and unacceptable to generate another alibi to keep them here,” the Vice Chancellor said.

Ngomo Horace Manga, UB VC

On September 1, 2019, the executive arm of SYNES UB proposed that the examination date be changed, due to the security concerns in the South West region — there is an ongoing separatist imposed lockdown across Anglophone Cameroon.

“Given the kidnapping of some staff of the University of Buea, and the various threats others have been receiving from some unknown persons, the Executive of SYNES (Buea Chapter) avers that organising resit under this circumstance is a calculated attempt to use the staff as guinea pig for some experiment,” the letter to the Vice Chancellor read in part.

The University of Buea’s Vice Chancellor intimated that the security situation in the region is “no excuse for exams not to hold.” Professor Horace Manga reminded the body that the University of Buea has been operating for the past three years under the same risky socio-political climate, and said a postponement in the exam will disrupt the academic calendar.

SYNES UB also raised concerns about some dues of staff which they said were yet to be paid — the Vice Chancellor said payments to some establishments of the school had already begun, and promised that the other establishments which are yet to receive theirs would do so this week.

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