Government Agencies in Cameroon
- Government Agencies
- Policy and Plans
The Ministry of Basic Education and the Ministry of Higher Education are the principal public bodies in the education sector. The Ministry of Basic Education oversee the education system up to pre-university level whilst the latter is responsible for the country’s tertiary education system. Research efforts in the country are promoted and supervised by the Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation. Examinations at the upper secondary level are developed by the Cameroon General Certificate of Education Board, which manages the British-based system and the Baccalaureate Board, which deals with the Francophone-based system. The Centre d’ Edition et Production pour l’Enseignement et la Recherche (CEPER) is the government publisher.
Public spending on education was 3.5% of GDP in 2010.
Cameroon qualified for the World Bank’s ‘Fast Track Initiative’ – known since September 2011 as the Global Partnership for Education – which is aimed at meeting the education Millennium Development Goals and the Education for All goal that all children complete a full cycle of primary education by 2015. Since 2002, under the initiative developing countries have committed to design and implement sound education plans and development partners commit to align and harmonise additional support around these plans.
The key national objectives are universal primary education; revision of school system and curricula to meet the changing economic needs of the nation; and improved governance of the education system.