Cameroon – Ngaoundere: There are only 516 rooms for 28 000 university students

University of Ngoundere
Written by Deckson N.

For 28 000 students, only 516 rooms are available. This is far from the ratio one student one room.

To believe Le Jour newspaper of August 8, 2016, to find a room at the University of Ngaoundere is really a big problem. The newspaper reports that only 516 rooms are now available for 28,000 students. The cause being that, the student population is constantly growing, while the supply of housing for students is stagnating. The newspaper highlights the last four blocks with 120 rooms each, built to house the students of the University of Ngaoundere since 1993.

In this context, finding a room becomes a real stroke of luck for the students of this university. Officials from the University of Ngaoundere cited by the newspaper report that those privileged access to rooms are the students from the Far North, North and Adamawa. Their priority access to the campus is restricted to 50%, girls in science subjects from these three regions are the top priority. “The lucky students access the campus provided they pay a monthly sum of 10,000 CFA Francs for the rooms in the big city. And 15 000 CFA Francs for the city of doctoral students “highlights Le Jour.

Apart from the disabled, social cases are supposed to be priority to the housing division of the University of Ngaoundere. Unfortunately, in recent years, these criteria are not met, according to a source quoted by the newspaper. “The rooms in the University City are now preserved for children of Ministers, Director Generals and other officials of the republic,” says the source. To hell therefore with the criteria, informed the source.

Each year, the leaders of this university announced the construction of a university campus. But on the ground, nothing is done. Good news the for private operators, who are pocketing between 12,000 and 60,000 CFA francs a month, according to the standard of their accommodation.

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