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Infuriated Politician Chastises Cameroon’s Education Ministers Over School Resumption Inertia

An infuriated politician of the ruling Cameroon People’s Democratic Movement (CPDM) in Meme Division, South West Region of Cameroon, Lawson Tabot Bakia, has expressed disgust at the indifference of the Ministers of Basic and Secondary Education over  school resumption in the Anglophone Regions of Cameroon.

Tabot is enraged by the fact that since November 21, 2016, pupils and students in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon have not been to schools because of the indefinite strike action declared by the Anglophone Teachers’ Trade Unions.

With the resumption of the 2017/2018 academic year expected to commence in less than 12 days, the politician is worried that none of the two Ministers, who are supposed to be crusading for school resumption have shown any interest for the resumption of schools in the violence-plagued Regions.

Tabot vented out his frustration on the sidelines of a CPDM Section in Kumba recently.

" I frown largely at the authorities of Government Secondary schools and I am even against the Ministers... we are less than 12 days  to school reopening, there has been no transfers. The Ministers are aware that there are some principals and head teachers in these schools who are the cause of children not going to school. They are supposed to have caused some transfers, so that everybody is aware and equally there are supposed to have published the book lists. But the book list was only published two days ago," Tabot stated.

He further lamented that the Ministers have gone mute even to make public announcements in churches and on the media for admissions and other back to school activities.

He told the press that, the CPDM has the right as the ruling party to call on the population to send their children back to school for the forthcoming academic year.

 “We are not talking about the Anglophone Problem. We are asking that children should go back to school...as a leading party; we have a right to call on our population to go back to school. It is our right. As a ruling party, it is our right to stand and make our voices heard that schools should resume. Our children should not stay in the house," the Section President appealed.

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