Cameroon – 500 000 laptops: The Cameroon Students Rights Association slams president Biya and refuses to support his action!

Written by Deckson N.

The Cameroon Students Rights Association (CSRA) finally emerged from its silence. It responded 13 days after the announcement of the 500 000 computers to Cameroonian students donated by the President of the Republic, Paul Biya.

In a statement that its leadership signed August 10, 2016, it is not about applauding the act attributed to the Cameroonian Head of State. The students association denounced an unnecessarily costly act. The association is especially embittered by the fact that one equates the act of July 29, 2016 to “a donation“. “The actual transfer of one PC to each student was presented to the public and student opinion as a “gift of the Head of State. ” This is heresy! no country in the world, that has esteem for its people, can come up to talk about “a gift” while at the same time it is the State that incurred the debt of 75 billion FCFA. It is a debt that the student(s) will have to contribute heavily to pay back with interest included, “says the ADDEC.

As a reminder, the academic community and national opinion learned about the grant of 500,000 computers to students under the slogan “one student, one computer“. This slogan recalls another very familiar “one student, a job” out of the bowels of the manipulation of the Ministry of Higher Education (MINESUP) during the introduction of the LMD system in 2007/2008. This announcement follows the signing on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 between the Ministry of Higher Education and the Chinese company Sichuan Telecom Construction Engeneering of a convention for the program called “e-National Higher Education.” The latter aims to extend the use of ICT among Cameroonian studentsthrough a loan of 75 billion granted by the Chinese Exim Bank. These machines should be distributed free only for the 2016/2017 academic year to all students of public and private academic institutions in Cameroon. So far, the granting protocol of these machines remains unclear.

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