The Inter-Ministerial Committee set up by the Prime Minister outlined some recommendations submitted to the Head of State to resolve the teachers’ demands.
Since November 21, 2016, teachers in the English-speaking Regions are angry. They denounce, among other things, the Francophonization of the Anglo-Saxon educational subsystem, the appointment of Francophones as Deans in the faculties of the Universities of these Regions, the low representation of Anglophones in teaching and support staff positions Universities of Buea and Bamenda.
Following all these demands, the Prime Minister, Philemon Yang, set up an interministerial committee on November 8th, whose cardinal mission was to examine and propose solutions to the concerns raised by the teachers’ unions.
The commission led by Jacques Fame Ndongo, Minister of Higher Education (MINSUP), adopted 28 points at the end of its first session on 18 November 2016 in Yaounde, which resulted in specific recommendations addressed to the Head of State For appreciation.
Thus, with regard to the subject of admission of students to universities of Anglo-Saxon tradition, the Committee recommends to the Rectors and Vice Chancellors of State Universities the strengthening of programs for the training of students in both official languages. As regards the changes of French-speaking teachers in English-language schools, it is hoped that a new policy will be adopted for the recipients of the Teachers Training schools, which are being implemented in the Ministry of Secondary Education, in order to compensate for the shortfall of some 30,000 Teachers, one reads in the newspaper.
In the same vein, the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reform is investigating the incendiary rescheduling of the salary grid for secondary school teachers and basic education. In addition, teachers are demanding mass integration and recruitment of temporary teachers.
According to the newspaper, it was also suggested the setting up of a committee to consider the status of professors emeritus in Cameroon.
Following all these proposals sent to the Head of State, a response from the higher hierarchy is eagerly awaited.