The Ad-hoc Committee to look into the grievances of teachers met in Bamenda on December 27, 2016. During the meeting some leaders of teachers trade unions and syndicates stormed out of the meeting after expressing their disgust that teachers trade unions of the South West Region were not on the list of participants. Besides, the trade union leaders also called for the unconditional release of those who were arrested in Buea, Kumba and Bamenda and transferred to Yaounde. Though the deadlock was consumed, at the end of the meeting the Chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee, Prof. Ghogomu Paul issued a Press Release in which he also expressed that the Ad-hoc Committee wished to work with all members etc. Here below is the Press Release
1- The Ad hoc Committee wished to work with all members. However, based on claims which have nothing to do with education, trade unions and other associations left the hall. Only representatives of confessional private education and private higher education displayed a sense of good faith to contribute to the working session.
2- The three ministers of basic, secondary and higher education presented Government efforts towards the English-speaking subsystem of education and its willingness to continue dialogue. I will cite, amongst others, the on-going census of secondary school teachers to redeploy them to fill the gap observed in the
English-speaking subsystem of education. It is also the same for the draft Order to set the duration of studies and naming the certificates obtained in technical education of the English-speaking subsystem of education. I also wish to mention the holding of the National Forum on Education in 2017, which brings lots of hope for the education community as a whole and the English subsystem in particular.
3- I wish to congratulate all participants who had a sense of efficiency and patriotism.
4- Within the framework of its sovereign missions, the State will continue towards dialogue and concertation with all stakeholders to achieve realistic and progressive results to technical concerns of one sub-system of education or the other (English-speaking sub-system, French sub-system)
5- Both sub-systems are bound to coexist in Cameroon, each in its specificity and originality without anyone trying to absorb the other.
6- With regard to extremist trade unionists who publicly refused to be part of this working session for reasons that have nothing to do with the education of young Cameroonians, Government will take its responsibility.
7- The State shall not allow individuals who do not show proof of good faith to take pupils, students, parents, Civil Society Organization hostage they who have just one wish: That the English-speaking sub-system of education should function effectively in the interest of our nursery, primary, secondary and
university youth of the English-speaking subsystem, who are an integral part of the national educational system.
8- The Adhoc committee shall continue to work with people who display good faith to preserve the specificity, the originality and the radiance of the English-speaking subsystem of education in a Cameroon that is united in diversity.
9- The Adhoc Committee is determined to find efficient solutions to genuine problems in the English-speaking subsystem of education, in accordance with the laws and regulations of the Republic.
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