Anglophone teachers representatives during meeting in Bamenda
Anglophone trade union leaders have rejected an invitation to attend a meeting scheduled for today Friday December 30, 2016 by 3pm, from Higher Education Minister Jacques Fame Ndongo in his capacity as chairperson of a committee put in place to look at general problems faced by teachers in both Francophone and Anglophone schools.
The decision not to attend the meeting whose invitation came late Thursday was taken after a late night meeting with the trade Unionists in Bamenda, North West region. The President of Teachers Association of Cameroon, TAC, TAME Valentine said, “He invited us but we are not going, we cannot be going to such statutory issues when there is a crisis situation at hand. They will be discussing general issues; we want to handle identity issues first. It’s a semester kind of thing.”
The meeting comes on the heels of another in Bamenda where the teachers backed out as government envoys failed to grant their request. Among others the teachers are asking for the youths arrested in Bamenda and Kumba released without conditions, the redeployment of Anglophone teachers teaching in French sub system of education to that of English and vice versa.