Education in Cameroon
Education is the right of every child in Cameroon. Education in Cameroon is compulsory through the age of 12 years. Primary school education has been free since 2000.There are schools run by state or subsidized by government to provide free education to children. The education system in Cameroon is much a mix of French and British education. Cameroon has one of the highest school attendance rates in Africa; however, girls are less regular in attending school than boys. The education in Southern Cameroon is better than northern part.
The education system in Cameroon is divided into following stages:
- Primary (6 years, compulsory education)
- Secondary (5 years)
- High school (2 years)
- Tertiary (offered by Universities)
The academic year runs from September to June, at the completion of academic year students appear for examination.
The General Certificate of Education (GCE) both Ordinary and Advanced levels are the two most qualifying exams in the Anglophone part of Cameroon. Students from a 5-year secondary school program have to appear for the General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level but students from a two year high school program have to appear for the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level. The GCE advanced level and the Baccalaureate (the French equivalent of academic attainment) are the two main examinations based on those students can apply for university admission.
Many Cameroonian students also go abroad for higher studies. Favorite destinations among them are Europe, North America, and North Africa. Germany is most attractive study abroad destination among Cameroonian learners.