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Cameroon – University of Bamenda: Some part time teachers are demanding 12 months of salary arrears

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To believe the newspaper Mutations edition of 10 October 2016, a dozen temporary teachers of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bamenda is angry. These teachers flatly refuse to start a new academic year with back pay. They demand 12 months of unpaid wages and demand on the same opportunity to be recruited. Meaning that they would have perceived nothing during the past academic year. However the situation on this side now may impact the academic year scheduled for 17 October.

We are tired. Since 2010, creation date of this school, we lend a hand to the faculty that has only three doctors, including the dean and two deputy deans among its staff. All three are administrative, “says a specialist who requested anonymity. He continues “in the body of teachers, we are 10 contractors to mentor students throughout their studies. The graduation of the first class is planned next year. Among us we find a neurologist, an internist, a surgeon, a pediatrician, three gynecologists and two radiologists. No effort is made to regularize our situation.

The administration met is not of this opinion. Professor Christopher Kuaban, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine Sciences says “whenever my staff informed me about their problems I have always sought to provide answers to their concerns. Recently during a meeting, they renewed their concern in relation to wages. I had to suspend the work session to get closer to the financial department of the University of Bamenda who pays at the end of each semester. On site I was informed that the money was ready. There were disturbances following the respective assignments of vice chancellor and accounting money.

Regarding the recruitment of temporary teachers, Prof. Christopher Kuaban states that it does not depend on the university or the Ministry of Higher Education. “It is the President of the Republic who directs recruitment. We have filed their cases and they have to be patient, “he says.

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