The president of the ad-hoc committee created to look into the problems raised by the Teachers’ Trade Union in the anglophone regions, held a press conference yesterday 13 February in the prime minister’s office.
Paul Ghogomu was accompanied by the Minister of Communications, the Minister of Higher Education, the Minister of of Secondary Education and the Minister of basic Education.
He said those observing the strike now are simply disobeying the state and have something different apart from the teachers problem. Reminding people of the fact that some trade unions decided to call off the strike on February 3, 2017.
This morning on the CRTV national station, Mr Ghogomu insisted that there was no strike in the anglophone regions, he made mention of the fact that 4 out of 5 trade unions signed the document to call off the strike. According to him, SYNES Buea didn’t sign because their leader was nowhere to be found.
When he was asked about the internet blackout in the regions, he made us to understand that the diaspora used the internet to intimidate people. He continued saying that internet will be restored when school will resume effectively.
Concerning the militarisation of the regions, Mr Ghogomu said he is not well placed to answer the question. That only the Ministry of National Security and the Minister Delegate at the presidency in Charge of Defence are responsible.
Here are some of the resolutions that were taken.
Too reduce the deficit of Anglophone Engineers; the Government is previewing the creation of a Polytechnic school in Bamenda or Buea.
A new Teachers Training school ENSET will be created for Francophone schools after that of Douala to reduce presence of Francophones in Bamenda and Kumba.
Some 2970 PTA teachers will be recruited by end of 2017.
The Director announced the holding of a National Education Forum in the month of July 2017. This comes 10 years after the previous one.
By Ngwas Jerry