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ANGLOPHONE TEACHERS IN DOUALA RESUME SCHOOL BUT FEAR OF A SPILLOVER PREVAILS

There is no boycott yet of schools by anglophone teachers in Douala, despite an intention to join their striking colleagues in the North West and Southy West regions.The union of Anglophone teachers in the Wouri had issued a communique last December endorsing the strike of teachers in the English speaking regions of the country and vowing to join them if government does not provide solutions to their grievances.

But the second term in public, private and mission schools in the economic capital took off hitch free, Monday January 9.

Teachers however expressed concerns over the deadlock in the english speaking regions of the country and its ramifications on the school year.

The Vice Principal of GBHS Nyalla did not hide his WORRIES from this reporter. A visibly angry Nana Peter said government is employing gimmics which has instead fueled the crisis. He wonders whether students will sit for the GCE when teachers who set the questions are on strike. To make matters worse,

Though some teachers told me they were not aware of any plans to join the strike, others said they will not hesitate to ground schools if concrete and adequate solutions are not given to the demands of the teachers. They argue that the issues raised by their colleagues west of the Mungo also affects them.

Municipal councillors of some opposition parties in Douala who an evaluation tour to some of these english schools, Monday have cautioned government to make hay while the sun shines. To them, the teachers, lawyers and anglophones in the North West and South West have demonstrated resilience and are determined to put pressure on the state till they demands are met. The protest is gathering momentum, they say and it could spillover to the French zone if government continues circumventing the issue.

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