Sources reveal that the specter of a blank year in the English-speaking Regions is also troubling teachers who are striking parents.
Four days after the start of the school year, students from the North-West and South-West Regions have not yet returned to school. Yet in the other eight regions of the country, classes have actually started for the second trimester. The non-resumption of classes in these English-speaking areas is due to the radicalization of trade unionists of English-speaking teachers who want the government to accept all their demands.
Wilfred Tassang, the national executive secretary of the Cameroon Teachers Trade Union (CATTU), said in an interview with the daily Mutations on 9 January 2017, in relation to the resumption of classes in the northwest and south-west, That “classes can not resume now, the Government must take concrete actions to show us its goodwill”.
Only today, we reveal sources, parents of the English-speaking Regions not wanting their children to lose a year send the latter to attend schools in the Francophone Regions. According to the Journal La Méteo of January 12, 2017, this is done on the sly.
“The phenomenon is likely to intensify if the situation does not evolve in the right direction,” the paper wrote. The paper states that among those parents who have opted to send their children to school in the French-speaking areas, there are also striking teachers.
“For the time being no statistics allow us to measure this very specific school exodus. However one of the consequences could be the fissure of the boycott front of the new school year, ” the paper adds.
For observers, those who lose out of this crisis are the students. Since November 2016, they have been forced to cease classes. They had leave without report cards. And nothing suggests that they will soon return to the classroom.