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Cameroon – Common Entrance: Anglophone teachers in Yaounde poorly paid, refuse to mark copies of the 2017 Common session

Written by Deckson N.

Unhappy with the reduction in their correction costs from 60 francs last year to 33 CFA francs this year, Anglophone teachers do not intend to touch a single copy of the Common Entrance held on Tuesday 16 May 2017.

In Yaoundé this Wednesday, May 17, 2017, teachers of the English educational subsystem were angry.

While the prints of the 2017 session of the Common Entrance just passed by the toddlers of the primary are waiting to see their red ball pen pass, none of these teachers intend to enter the room.

They refused to mark the copies, denouncing the drastic reduction of the expenses envisaged for this task. They had already done so last year, whereas the markings had been reduced by half, from 120 CFA francs to 60 francs. This Wednesday, May 17, 2017 while they were present to start the marking, they learn from the regional delegate of basic education for the center that this year again they have to face another reduction. Reduction according to which each teacher should receive only 33 CFA francs per marked copy.

This time, the pill seems impossible to swallow for these anglophone teachers. Especially since it is the total silence on the reasons justifying these reductions which have become recurring costs of marking to this examination.

Based on a Prime Minister’s text that sets the fee for correction of the Common Entrance fee at 120 CFA francs, the angry teachers hammer that no copy will be marked in the red ballpoint pen under these conditions.

An additional crisis is emerging, when the one that has paralyzed the English-speaking regions since November 2016 has not been dealt with.

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