Baccalauréat 2023 : One candidate dies as exams begin nationwide

One candidate who registered for the 2023 edition of the Baccalauréat General exams in the French subsystem of education that began this May 29, nationwide, has died.

The student was heading to the exam centre for the start of the written phase of the exam when he died in an accident.

He was involved in the accident with his twin brother who is reportedly fighting for his life in the hospital.

Over 125,000 candidates are said to have sat  for the exam in 317 examination centres across the national territory.

The late student is among 14,000 candidates who were registered for the exam in the Far North region.

Following the sad incident, the Governor of the Far North region, Midjiyawa Bakari visited the family and extended government’s condolences.

“Two students had an accident and one died. We extend government’s condolences to the bereaved family,” Governor Midjiyawa Bakari said.

The exam was also written in the North West and South West regions without any incidents recorded. But, the regional Delegate of Secondary Education in the North West Region, Roland Ngwang says security will be stepped up to ensure the exams unfold hitch-free.

A few absences were also reported in some centres across the nation.

Meantime, most students who wrote the exams say the questions were within reach.

The Baccalauréat exam which began today will be written for one week, meanwhile the written phase of the Government Certificate of Education (GCE) begins on Tuesday May 30, 2022 at 8am.

Kathy Neba Sina

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