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Cameroon – Anglophone problem: Government solves the First Claim of Anglophone Trade Unions

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Written by Deckson N.

The Ministry of Secondary Education is currently preparing a “redeployment of certain personnel in the two educational sub-systems“. It made a correspondence to this effect, addressed to the regional delegates.

In its December 21, 2016 edition, the daily Le Jour reported that the Government had begun to respond positively to the demands of English-speaking trade unionists. Claims which, it will be recalled, included education and justice.

To address education, Ernest Ngalle Bibehe Massena, Minister of Secondary Education (MINESEC), sent a letter on 19 December 2016 to the regional delegates of his ministerial department. “I have the honor to request that you inform me of the list of Anglophone teaching staff in the Francophone subsystem and of the Francophone teachers (incumbents Of the Baccalauréat) in service in the schools of the English-speaking subsystem of your jurisdiction “, it reads. According to the daily, the MINESEC is in the midst of a “redeployment of some personnel in the two educational sub-systems“.

However, the newspaper of Haman Mana stresses that in order not to leave illusion on the nature of the operation whose urgency is felt on the ground through the many calls of the hierarchy, the MINESEC specifies in its Correspondence: “The latter must imperatively be accompanied by proposals for the redeployment of these teachers in appropriate structures“.

Recall that anglophone strikers called for the immediate withdrawal in the classrooms of all teachers who contribute to the “francophonisation” of the Anglo-Saxon subsystem of education. If we stick to this correspondence of the MINESEC, everything suggests that they will be satisfied. The other side of the coin is that the demand that these strikers have placed on francophone teachers working in anglophone areas will also apply to anglophone teachers not practicing in English-speaking areas.

Anglophone teachers working in the francophone zone were panic-stricken when they discovered the ministerial instruction on social networks,” writes Le Jour. A pedagogical inspector employed in the Northwest explains that “many of them have been trained in disciplines that are not taught in francophone high schools, such as Economics or Philosophy. The teachers of this second discipline defraud the state because it is simply optional. The programs of the GCE do not oblige the candidates to choose it and they rarely have 8h of classes per week, instead of 18h. When the posting station suits them, they prefer to linger there, since they are also underemployed and most of them do not accept to be recycled in disciplines where the need is important”.

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