The University of Dschang in the Menoua Division, West Region of Cameroon has tracked down a student who has been burning down unmarked scripts of university students for some years now.
The student whose name News Upfront could not get is said to be of the Chadien origin, a master student, and the general delegate of the faculty of Science, Economic and Management, the very department he has been setting its examination papers on fire.
The scripts he burnt this time around were the first semester examination scripts of year three students of the faculty of Science, Economic and Management.
He was recently caught red handed, when he had set fire on a section of the scripts right in the hall where they a kept for marking, and was about setting fire on the other section.
He was immediately arrested by the authorities of this institution and taken to the Dschnag police station, where he is currently under police custody.
Until now, he has not stated any reasons for his actions, while students of this university have said he does that out of sheer wickedness.
“It is pure wickedness. I do not understand because the masters students have not even written their exams yet that one could say that he did not write well before burning down the papers for the exams to be repeated”, stated one of the year three students whose scripts were burnt.
Students of this class are thus obliged to take their semesters again, as was the case last year with the present level two students, whose scripts were equally burnt around this same period last year.
Though difficult to rewrite, these students say they are glad because the perpetrator who has been putting them through hard times has finally been exposed.
“That man has been burning the scripts of these particular department every year. They met him there with kerosene and marches.
The way he has been threatening us in this Dschang is unspeakable. We have to take the exams again from square one. Had it been the scripts were marked already, we would not write again. In any case, we thank God”, said Fodendeng Fallone, another victim.
Marking of the said scripts had to begin on Friday February 05.
Some of these students could not help but to throw insults and curses on the perpetrator.
“Devil, God will punish you, you shall never see peace, what have we done to deserve this”, exclaimed some students.
All attempts made by this reporter to get the perpetrator’s side of the story were unsuccessful.
Meantime, the Rector of the University of Dschang, prof. Roger Tsafack Nanfosso, has strictly banned movements in and out of the University campus through shortcuts or any other path that is not the main entrance into the university.
He warns that anyone who is caught doing so will be a suspect, and shall face the law.
To him, this is a measure to protect persons and properties.