The all Anglophone Teachers Trade Union have addressed an epistle being what they call a “statement of fact” to the Prime Minister and Head of Government Philemon Yang. The structure which has been in an epistolary exchange with the government met in Bamenda Wednesday June 7, 2017 to “examine the level of implementation of the recommendations of the Ad-hoc Commission on Education, the ongoing end of course examination, the situation of non-examination lasses and the way forward for the 2017/2018 academic year, the plight of the teachers in lay private and denominational schools and the present social climate in the North West and South West regions characterized by arson on schools buildings and property and violence exactly on students and teachers” the letter states. 

While expressing “reservations about the complacency demonstrated by government towards implementing many of the resolutions of the Ad-hoc Committee and noted that in the most part. Whatever government purports to have done is only in the form of studies are being carried out, it is in process”, the trade Union leaders  described the moves as “another attempt by government to undermine the legitimate grievances put forward by the All Anglophone Teachers Trade Union and a demonstration of sophism.”
They also noted with satisfaction redeployment of teachers of secondary technical education from both sub-systems of education to their areas of competence, the ongoing integration of contract teacher and contractualisation of PTA Teachers, the creation of the French Modern letters series in HTTTC Bambili, the ongoing recruitment of science teachers and the ongoing integration of contract teachers of secondary education.
While regretting the manner  in which some end of course examinations have been and are being written which moaned the fate of children in none examination classes, the teacher’s leaders agreed that government’s slow reaction towards addressing education matters makes the prospects of the resumption of schools for the 2017/2018 Academic Year grim. The teachers recommended that “school heads should adopt objective and acceptable criteria to enable pupils and students to move on with their studies. The reopening of schools and resumption of classes for 2017/2018 academic year lies in the hands of parents and the willingness of government to implement resolutions and open up meaningful dialogue with all education stakeholders. Hierarchy should cause the PTAs to discuss school resumption as a one point gender in specially convened PTA meetings and resolve on it now. The calendar for the 2017/2018 academic year should be readjusted to end in June or mid July 2018 to make up for lost time. Teachers should be made to teach extra hours and some incentives given to them. Official exams should be written in July 2018.”
Before lashing out at government for being silent on the plight of teachers of lay private and denominational schools as while “their employers remain very selfish, insensitive and inhumane, the teachers union expressed shock over the violence and the arson that has gripped the affected regions with “the unwillingness and or inability of religious political, traditional and civic  leaders to decry and speak against these repugnant acts in order that sanity return to our society is unfathomable and heart bleeding.”
Amongst the many resolutions and recommendations as relates the implementation of the ad-hoc committee on education, the teachers requested the Head of State to grant amnesty to detained and exiled teachers, parents an students so that they can join the education community to prepare a smooth take off of the 2017/2018 academic year, disburse the special subsidy of FCFA 2bn from the Head of state to private and denominational schools, sign collective convention for private education for effective start of 2017/2018 academic year,  modify organization of the education forum expected in July 2017.
Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

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