Principals of Schools in the North West region have showered praises on the President of the Republic Paul Biya despite the growing crisis in the NW and SW regions.
The Principals were speaking Friday April 27 during a conference to officially launch official examinations for the 2017 session and preparations for the start of the 2017/2018 academic year in the North West Region.
 
NW Secondary Education Family in session



In a motion of support and appreciation addressed to the President, the secondary education family thanked him for appointing Anglophones into key ministries notably; the ministry of territorial administration and secondary education for the first time since 1972, the maintenance of Philemon Yang as Prime Minister and Head of Government, the ongoing anti-corruption efforts in the country, efforts made to solve the problem of teachers in the country by creating more advance Teacher’s training colleges including ENSET Kumba and Ebolowa, the redeployment of teachers to places where they can best use the language they master, the creation of the common law department in ENAM and the Common Law bench in the supreme court, the diplomatic offensive of the head of state evident in the recent visit to China, efforts to tackle the crisis rocking the country especially the Anglophone Crisis and the Boko Haram, continuous efforts to realize the 2035 vision, with the construction of dams to improve electricity supply, the ongoing construction works on the Mbouda-Bamenda, Kumbo-Nkambe stretches of road, Construction of a first class high way linking the NW/SW regions, the creation of a ministry of decentralization and local government,  amongst others. 

The teachers however use the motion to appeal that the President engages meaningful dialogue with Cameroonians who matter to as to return the country to the once island of peace in the African sub region, completely tare the ring road as promised in 1990, increase the number of Anglophones admitted into higher institutions of learning and decision making circles and to provide service cars to divisional delegate to ease work. 

Speaking earlier during the conference, the Secretary General to the Bamenda City Council regretted the turbulent times which have made work very difficult for those in the education sector. Ntumfoyn Bobe Jude Waindim noted “we are equally aware dear seasoned managers of the education of our kids and society that at all times and most especially now your sacrifices have always been enormous. It is only unfortunate that our society is slowly but steadily disintegrating before our very one eye and we seem to be so lawless easily resigning t fate as it were.” He encouraged the teachers to hold on despite the challenges. 
NW Governor Adolph Lele Speaking after Conference
 The regional Delegate for Secondary Education evaluated the ending school year marked by challenges amongst them “exposure to attacks, insecurity, tempestuous closure due to attacks, low attendance, personnel lacunae in many rural and some urban schools, competent teachers leaving in quest for greener pastures, even questionable transfer of teachers usually to urban areas and especially to/in Bamenda.” He praised the teachers for playing their role in ensuring the adequate and effective preparation of students for the end of year and course examinations. Apah Johnson Itor urged his collaborators ensure a successful examination session by not tolerating indiscipline, respecting all laid down regulations, involve administration and the forces of law and order when the peace of the examination center is threatened, fight examination fraud, and ensure safety of examination safe. 

While congratulating and encouraging the teachers, NW Governor Adolph Lele L’Afrique who attended the conference described the just ended school year as satisfactory despite the difficulties faced by the school authorities who faced them with courage. On examination session security the Governor said “security is our duty; all of us but I cannot disclose here the security device that has been setup to face the challenges that are expected but we are ready to face them. I will like to ask all the stakeholders the parents but foremost the school children to seat in and write their exams. They shouldn’t fear. We have taken necessary security measures to make sure the exams unfold in the NW region hitch free.” 

Indefinite school boycott, ghost towns, arson, destruction, threats, wounding of students and teachers have characterized the school year making school attendance a think of cities.
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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