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Cameroon – Anglophone Problem: The Minister of Higher Education asks the Vice Chancellors of Bamenda and Buea to assume their responsibilities

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Written by Deckson N.

According to our source, he made a speech in this direction during the ceremony of reception New year wishes organized at the campus of the University of Yaounde 1.

This is information from the daily Mutations. In its January 30, 2017 edition, Mutations reported that at the ceremony to receive New Year wishes of 27 January, Jacques Fame Ndongo, Minister of Higher Education (MINESUP), asked the Vice Chancellors of Bamenda and Buea to assume their Responsibilities in the English crisis. “When the gendarmerie or the police comes to the University, it is on the requisition of the Rector or Vice Chancellor, it is not at the request of the Minister of Higher Education,” he said. According to the daily newspaper, the MINESUP indicates that it does not return to the political and scientific tutelage of public universities to restore calm on campus. Especially since MINESUP has clarified that “universities benefit from an academic, legal, administrative, financial and cultural autonomy“.

Asking them to assume their responsibilities, he launched to their attention:” “There is the medal and the other side of the coin. There are honors but also assignments. Decisions to take, painful, drastic to put order, “writes Mutations. Before leaving the MINESUP, Joseph Lebel Tamesse, the Secretary General of the National Union of Higher Education Teachers (SYNES), in a press release that he signed, then asked the university teachers to return to their post to take over the academic activities.

As a reminder, the demonstrations that took place in the Northwest and Southwest regions paralyzed the daily life of students in these anglophone parts of Cameroon. Because after Bamenda the students of Buea had observed a strike which aimed to claim the bonuses of excellence from the Head of State. The students had also requested that the payment of the sum of 10,000 CFA francs introduced by the Rector be terminated as a penalty for failure to meet the deadline for payment of tuition fees online.

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