By Doh James Sonkey
Members of the National Commission for the Evaluation of Training Domains offered Abroad met at their 101st and 102nd ordinary sessions last September 2, 2021 at the Higher Teachers’ Training College, Yaounde to give their final say on over 4,000 files submitted by holders of foreign certificates seeking for equivalence in the Cameroonian sub systems of education.
Chairing the double sessions on behalf of the Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education and Chancellor of Academic Orders, Prof Jacques Fame Ndongo, the Secretary General of MINESUP, Prof Wilfred Gabsa Nyongbet expressed gratitude to the President of the Republic, Paul Biya for always putting financial means at the disposal of the commission so that citizens who obtained foreign certificates are not penalized when they want to return home and put their services at the disposal of the Nation.
“This commission falls in line with the New University Governance Policy prescribed by the Head of State, H.E Paul Biya and put in place by the Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education under the coordination of the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Chief Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute”, underlined the MINESUP Secretary General.
He congratulated the Director of the Coordination of Academic Activities at the Ministry of Higher Education, Prof Fongod Augustina Genla Nwana and her team for braving COVID-19 odds to carry out their daily tasks of authenticating diplomas via authentic official websites of friendly countries and other related structures.
Prof Wilfred Gabsa challenged members of the National Commission to accomplish their mission of conferring equal value between national degrees and certificates obtained abroad with objectivity, rigor and sagacity.
At the end of their deliberation, a total of 4,061 equivalences were accorded, 21 fake certificates detected, 48 files rejected for varied reasons such as; unauthorized delocalized training, online training not homologated, establishment not authorized to issue diplomas etc.
The National Commission for the Evaluation of Training Domains offered Abroad whose Vice Chairperson is the Minister of Public Service and Administrative Reforms is an inter-ministerial organ charged with the task of attributing national equivalences to certificates, academic titles and university degrees issued abroad as well as the recognition of foreign or international schools whose certificates are likely to allow for the integration, reclassification or promotion in the Cameroonian Public Service according to the regulation in force.