“We the teacher’s trade unions and associations of Anglophone extraction – SYNES-UB, CATTU, TAC, PEATTU,CEWOTU,BATTUC and parents, under the banner of UPTA hereby declare an indefinite strike action beginning on Monday 21 November 2016. During this strike, there shall be a definite shutdown of all schools, public, private and confessional; from the nursery,primary,secondary to the university under the English sub-system until definite steps are taken by the government to stop the plunder of Anglophone education.”
This is the declaration made by All Teachers Trade Unions and Associations of Anglophone Extraction on October 26th, 2016.
The teachers are clearly frustrated after their cries have been ignored on a number of times by the minister of higher education professor Fame Ndongo and the Prime Minister and Head of Government Philemon Yang. The teachers had on December 13th, 2015 and January 4th2016 tabled a catalog of complaints amongst which are;
• The withdrawal and re-posting of all French-speaking teachers from Anglophone classrooms with the exception of bilingual teachers.
• The withdrawal of francophone lecturers and administrators from Anglo-Saxon universities of Bamenda and Buea and their colleges of education.
• The recruitment of competent Anglophones to teach in various departments of colleges and faculties of the university of Bamenda.
• The withdrawal and re-orientation of all francophones reading English modern letters in Higher Teachers training college Bambili and other schools of education in Cameroon to departments where they have an academic background.
To all these, they also asked for, amongst others;
The deployment of Anglophone teachers sent to francophone colleges
The immediate halt of the practice of sending francophone student teachers to practice on Anglophone students.
The immediate stoppage of CAP, PROBATOIRE TECHNIQUE and BACCALAUREAT TECHNIQUE from the English sub-system.
The creation of the Cameroon National council and Le ConseilNational de L’education du Cameroun (CNC/CNEC)
It has been 10 months running with no prime ministerial commission created as promised by the minister of Higher Education who co-chaired the meeting held in Yaounde on January 4th, 2016. Instead, they have been ignored totally and their plight has intensified by an increased number of Francophone teachers posted to teach Anglophone children. Entrance into HTTTC Kumba and Bambili is still open to Francophones to the near-total exclusion of Anglophones.
In June 2016 they wrote to the prime minister reiterating their position and demanding for a more transparent management of admission into medical and other professional schools in the universities of Bamenda and Buea where Anglophone students are numerically marginalised and where heroes of the Cameroon GCE with above 20 points have no place while six points students sit comfortably in medical schools. One cannot help but see reason as to the incompetence of most medical doctors sent on the field today.
None of their demands have been met, rather there is an overtly intensified devious machination to wreak havoc on Anglophones and their sub-system of education thereby pushing them to the fringes of social and educational advancement.
It is in the face of this lamentable situation whereby Anglophones are continuously denigrated,subjugated and treated as a colonised people while children are groomed for slavery, that these associations have together declared an indefinite strike action while urging the government NOT to use their machinery of force to provoke any stakeholder or carry out any action that might lead to loss of life and/or property.
Parents in the North and Southwest regions are also very strongly urged to keep their children at home for the duration of the strike.
It is safe to say that teachers have had enough of this educational genocide inflicted on the Anglophone sub-system of education.
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