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Cameroon – Anglophone Problem: Another Teachers’ Union demand resumption of classes in Buea and Bamenda

Written by Deckson N.

In a statement recently signed by its president, members of the Syndicat National des Enseignants du Supérieur (SYNES) (National Union for Higher Education Teacher) are calling for the resumption of classes in the two universities of the English-speaking regions in January 2017.

It is necessary to resume classes stopped since December 21, 2016 in the universities of Buea and Bamenda. The requirement is from the SYNES. Its president, Prof. Joseph Lebel Tamesse, signed on December 30th a communiqué in this direction. The information can be found in the columns of La Nouvelle Expression  on newsstands of January 4, 2016.

Our colleague recalls first that “the strike of English-speaking lawyers in October 2016, due to the non-existence in Cameroon, of an English version of the” uniform acts “of the Organization for the Harmonization in Africa of Law (OHADA), has given rise to other claims in the Northwest and South-West Regions, particularly in the field of Education.

The domino effect immediately packed the secondary school system, and the Anglophone teachers ‘union, the Cameroon Teachers’ Trade Union (CATTU), called for the cessation of all academic activities in secondary schools in the Northwest and Of the Southwest.

This grunt, which did not concern Higher Education beforehand, gave grain to grind to teachers who are members of the SYNES of the universities of Buea and Bamenda, who have started a walkout on campus since November 21, 2016, with  as result the Immediate cessation of educational activities in the amphitheatres “.

To this end, SYNES National Executive Bureau (NEB) initiated a mediation with the strikers in mid-December. This resulted in the call for “a resumption of classes in the Universities of Bamenda and Buea; In this respect the NEB asks all the teachers in the two state universities to resume their academic activities as of the beginning of January 2017, “reads a SYNES statement signed on 30 December.

SYNES has also made some recommendations for a definitive exit from the crisis. This involves the release of students still detained or the government’s support for dialogue with striking teachers.

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