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Francophone teachers threaten to strike 27th March?

It is not long since the 27th of February following the letter sent to the ministry of Education on an anticipated strike amongst the Francophone teachers on various grievances. The letter titled “Notice of strike”.  enumerates the grievances of thousands of teachers who complain about the conditions that have been thereupon completion of their trainings-graduation. With these complaints, thousands of indignant teachers threatened to go on strike on 27 March.

Pic credit- The standard tribune

The Ministry promised to look into the concerns and the teachers gave a deadline of a month else the would be strike on the 27th of march would be eminent. These include , the ineffectiveness of their care after leaving the teachers’ training colleges, the payment of arrears, the long wait for wages, among others.

The French teachers seems to have taken advantage of the Anglophone teachers’ strike and would want to use this to better their working conditions.

There is panic in the ministry of secondary education as this might add more salt into the existing injuries. The Ministry has not succeeded to get schools started in the anglophone zones for public exams to take place and avoid a blank school year, and if the Francophone  schools could join, this would be so obvious that they have labored in vain earlier than expected.

According to sources from CIN, They learned that MINESEC intended to bring the concerns raised by the outraged teachers through the attention of the inter-ministerial ad hoc committee responsible for finding lasting solutions to teachers’ problems.

Jack Bessala, the spokesperson for the collective representative of the indigenes of teachers says these are still words and would wait to see that such promises are transformed into action.

If the strike should hold, it might also hasten the solution to the Anglophone grievances everything being equal.

 

Press Hour: What Can be done to get schools resume?

The hotted debate on Press hour this sunday started with the women’s day celebration that took place last Wednesday 8th March under the topic, what are they up to? The second part dealt entirely on the Anglophone crisis; The PM’s visit to the North West and resumption of schools. Invited as panelists, we have The Journalist Matute Menyelo, Tehwi Lambiv of CRTV, Hon. Naamukong Fusi MP Bafut and The Chairman of the GCE board Prof Peter Alange Abety.

The moderator Joe K started by saying that the women’s day is gradually taking up like a national holiday which is rather an International Day as the speakers could be heard challenging women to use this day more for education than celebration; that creating awareness on the plight of the women and fight for their rights was more important than parading the streets , drinking and partying till dawn. Prof Abety saw nothing wrong in celebrating citing that a lot of progress has been done. A compromise was arrived at giving the female (girl child) maximum education. some were of the thought that celebrations come with achievements and one could not see what the Cameroon women had achieved for the past 30 years and therefore more could be done to elevate the their plight. This debate took place without a lady taking part and talking on their behalf. Joe did acknowledge his attempts to get some in vain.

The second part of the debate was hitted and more on the Anglophone crisis taking cognissance with the visit of the Prime Minister Yang Philemon in the North West region for a 5 day session in 7 Divisions.

Joe started by stating that it was worrysome talking agin about schools resuming or effectively started agin despite that this had come up as many times as God alone can count yet a stumling block and big wall despite the PM’s visit.

Prof Abety took the floor stating that parents and teachers in the first place never wanted to keep the children at home from schools as he felts lots of concerns had been addressed and the trade union leaders had called off the strike. He went ahead to reiterate that as the GCE Board chair, he would go ahead to Organize the Exams despite the registration has witnessed more than 100,000 participants as compared to last.

His reason as he advanced was that not only students register for the GCE and that civil servants, and other groups of people do register for the exams to improve upon their grades or want to get promotion through those exams and that last year witnessed about 21,000 external candidates and such candidates could go ahead to sue them for not Organizing the Exams.

Hon. Fusi accused the Government for having the solution and yet refusing to provide and bring the crisis down to rest. He said we could not live in a country where people will cry for bread but yet be attacked, beaten, killed and arrested to unknown destinations. He said he could provide for evidences anytime and anyday and that children are living in the fear that they can not even go out to buy bread, how more can they go to school with such insecurity.

Tehwi Lambiv disagreed with the point raised by Prof. Abety to keep the chidlren out of the crisis to study while other issues are looked into. He said Education could not be isolated and that since Education is a basic human right, a secured and condusive atmosphere need to be provided for such and that this is not the case yet. He added that Goverment pushed people to exhaution with the hope that they will get tired and retire to nomalcy and give up. “You do not let people go into a coma before you begin treatment, preventive measures have to be taken.”Lambiv said.

Hon. Fusi when asked on the way forward questioned how many lives have been replaced, he insisted that people should be released, internet released, stop the arrests, withdraw the Military and most importantly that the government should read the documents from the Bishops and clergy and see what can be done. Last but not the least he requested for a 3rd party be it the Canadian Ambassador, British etc into a forum for dialogue and that once these people are brought together, good reflections will take place for principles and deadlines respected.

Lambiv said no teacher with a conscience will come to class when his or her colleague is in jail. Buea students and other university students will need the internet to do their research and students arrested will make others studying uncomfortable.

Matute cooncluded by requesting the father of the Nation President Biya to intervene and bring a solution himself. They stated that if the family has a problem, he can not let the first son to handle it, He can delegate powers of course but when they fail as is the case, he has the sole right to do something. “If the PM can spend 5 days in the North west and we still doubt the solution, then only the Big man can solve it himself”.

Shey Tatah Sevidzem

PM Yang Philemon in The NWR 6th -10th March

It is official that Prime Minister Yang Philemon, head of Government shall for the second time  take another trip in all the 7 Dvisions of the North West Region in attempt to again seek a last solution to the Anglophone crisis starting from Mezam Division from the 6th to 10th March

PM Cameroon  Pic credit All Afrikan network

Despite the media report that all is well in the Anglophone regions, many still believe that the Government has been unable to crack down the protests taking place in the Anglophone regions. All attempts made to rescue the school and successfully destroy the ghost towns seem futile.

The PM has been commissioned by the head of state to return to his Region to seek lasting solutions to the crisis. The PM will commence his tour on monday the 6th starting from Mezam, followed by Menchum, Boyo, Momo, NgoKetunjia, Donga-Mantung and conclude in his own home division Bui.

It was not clear whether or not he will meet with lawyers’ union but amongst the groups cited in the release are; Teachers’ trade unions, School heads, PTA leaders, Religious & Traditional Rulers and other forces (stakeholders) for a new dialogue.

Anglophones have insistingly called for dialogue with the goverenemt but this has been done under two conditions; the release of all arrested and now the return to internet network.

This means that for an honest and sincere dialogue to take place and for the Anglophones to call off the strike, let schools to start effectively, these two conditions MUST be met for dialogue to open.

Shey Tatah Sevidzem

 

Is the GCE Board losing Credibility

The GCE Board that was fought for in the early 90s and effectively Organized its first Exams in 1994 is about to lose its credibility if the BACC Board in case the BACC has to be charged with the organization of Cameroon GCE Examination for 2017.

If one has to go by The Post Newspaper of today that shall be released tomorrow, then one smears danger that the fight fought to put the GCE board into effect is at the verge of losing its credibility if its role is handed to the BACC board.

This news is coming as a result of the crisis in the English speaking regions that has plagued the boycott of schools for the last 4 months obliging the GCE Board to postpone the registration from 20th December 2016 to the 28th of February 2017.

Speaking on CRTV 2 days ago the Board registrar reassured a hitch free session, reiterating that one could not keep postponing the registration deadline in order to give room for the setting of questions and carrying out other logistic procedures.

This, one could decipher that the expected number was never reached neither would the quality of the certificate could be guaranteed. With the teachers on strike, the French teachers might be asked in to rescue the face of the exercise not without consequences.

If care is not taken, the fear to lose money for the registration as expressed by the students of Etoug-Ebe over CRTV last monday might not be eminent.

Shey Tatah Sevidzem

More than 80,000 students register for GCE 2017

Rrtv Radio News of 3pm this afternoon announced that more than 80,000 students registered for the Cameroon GCE 2017, The offie of Bacc etc all over the national territory and that the exams shall be written on the dates as stipulated on the school year calendar.

The Minister of secondary keeps insisting on the valid certificate and no blank school year without talking about the quality of the education. Note should be taken that these statistics came as today was the deadline for the registration of these exams as extended by the GCE Board.
The same GCE board that threatened the non extension of registration giving Friday 30th of December 2016 as the latest. The new deadline met with 2 months of extension as can be seen from the message below hammered by the Registrar in November last
“Registration for June 2017 Examinations Organised by the Cameroon GCE Board will commence on Tuesday 8th November 2016 and end on Friday 30th December 2016. No late registration shall be allowed for the 2017 session. Candidates are advised to register before the dead line of December 30, 2016. The Examinations include:
1. GCE Ordinary Level General
2. GCE Advanced Level General
3. GCE Ordinary Level Technical
4. GCE Advanced Level Technical
5. Probatoire Technique
6. Probatoire de Brevet de Technicien
7. Brevet de Technicien
8. Baccalaureat Technique”
How then did they come to these figures when the deadline was today with the absence of internet in the Two regions?
To this effect and following the strike in the Anglophone zones, one begins to imagine how many students, studied this year to register and write the said exams.
Shey Tatah Sevidzem