North West regional delegates for Basic and Secondary education have indicted some lay private and confessional schools in the region for violating ministerial directives on the official closing dates by closing their doors for the 2017/2018 academic before time.

According to a join press released signed by Apah Johnson NW delegate for Secondary Education and his counterpart Wilfred Wambeng of Basic Education made public yesterday, the concerned schools took the decision without consulting competent authorities.
”It has been brought to our notice that some Education Agencies have close their doors for the 2017/2018 academic year or are planning to close before the official dates without consultations with Education and Administrative Authorities of the region.” The release state
Citing the relevant ministerial provisions, the delegates add “You are by this Press Release reminded that according to Ministerial Order No. 02/17/MINEDUB/MINESEC of 7th July 2017 to define the calendar of activities for the 2017/2018 school year in the Republic of Cameroon, Article 32 stipulates that pupils and students who are not involved in official examinations shall go on holiday on Friday 8th June 2018 at noon.”
Consequently the release concludes “we remind Education Agencies, both lay private and confessional to adhere to these ministerial prescriptions.”
It should be recalled that the unceremonious closure of schools in the NW region started after the abduction of the Principal of St Bede’s College Ashing Kom Rev Fr William Neba before his very own students in the early hours of Monday April 30 during morning Mass.
Unconfirmed sources say the condition given by the abductors prior to his release Wednesday May 2 was that the Roman Catholic Church in the Archdiocese off Bamenda must close down all its schools in the region particularly St Bedes. Rev Fr Tata Mbuy Director of Communications in the Archdiocese of Bamenda declined to make any comment on the conditions for Rev Fr Neba’s release to The Guardian Post.
Though the authenticity of this information remains unclear, many of the mission schools in the Region have been sending their children home.
Last week many were made to write their promotion examinations with the promise that they will come back some time later for their report cards.
Those of examination classes have also been sent home with many not knowing what happens next while some are saying that they were told to go home and be preparing because they will be called at any time.
There have been repeated calls for school boycott in the NW/SW regions for the last two years by unknown persons. This has been accompanied by the burning of school buildings, attack on school officials and students etc. No one takes responsibility for these actions but it can however not be unconnected with the unrest that has characterised the NW in the last two years.
Derick BAKAH

Derick BAKAH

Bakah Derick is a Broadcast Presenter and Multimedia specialist with focus on sharing with the rest of the world the daily happenings in the Northwest Region of Cameroon. You can contact us on +237 675460750 or debakah2004@gmail.com.

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