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Cameroon – Promotion of bilingualism: This is what politicians of the National Commission for Bilingualism created by the Head of State think about the said commission! !

Written by Deckson N.

For some, this commission will not have a decisive effect on the anglophone problem.

On January 23, 2017, Paul Biya, the Head of State, signed the decree establishing, organizing and operating the National Commission for Bilingualism. The action of the President of the Republic has been perceived by some as a will of the State to ease the tensions, and above all to satisfy the English-speaking Cameroonians who have since November 2016 had a number of Claims.

By going through Article 3 of the Decree, it is clear that it will therefore be up to this committee to promote bilingualism and multiculturalism. It shall submit reports to the Head of State and Government on matters relating to the protection and promotion of bilingualism and multiculturalism.

Questioned by the Daily Emergence edition of January 27, 2017, politicians debate on the merits of this commission and its contribution in the resolution of the anglophone problem.

Victor Onana, the chairman of the steering committee of the UPC party, feared that the national commission for the promotion of bilingualism would be “programmed to fail“. However, he says that in the overall resolution of the anglophone problem, it may well be a positive step if one knows how to serve. “Because it addresses only linguistic and cultural aspects, which in any case will be solved by the citizens themselves forced to communicate with each other internally and externally. It can already be seen that more and more francophone and anglophone parents are alternating the lessons they teach their children in one or the other language. Only the ambient mal-governance has caused this rumbling because of the misapplication of the existing laws on bilingualism and/or multiculturalism “.

The Honorable Joshua Osih, one of those who think that the commission will have no detrimental effect on the crisis, states that “the creation of the National Commission for the Promotion of Bilingualism and Multiculturalism is a peripheral circle which can not in any way solve the fundamental problem posed by our English-speaking compatriots. A potentially cancerous tumor can not be cured with the cure of avian influenza. We can not propose an administrative solution to a political problem, deep and critical. Pending the establishment of federalism, which is a complete form of decentralization, the problems raised by our compatriots could at least have found an early solution in the effective application of all the texts related to decentralization “.

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