Some primary school teachers in Yaoundé have refused correcting scripts of the government common entrance exams.
The teachers down their marking tools over unpaid dues and poor pay. While meeting with the Regional Delegate for Basic Education of the Centre region, the teachers advanced reasons for their boycott insisting that the pay was too small for such an exercise but the Delegate reportedly gave a blind ear to their plea.
It was revealed that government has reduced the marking fees from 60 F CFA last year to 33 F CFA francs this year. Meanwhile, the teachers are demanding strict respect of a prime ministerial decree which stipulates that the sum of FCFA 120 will be paid per script marked.
It should be recalled that this is not the first time primary school teachers’ are downing their tools due to poor pay. Most of the teachers say government has proven to be unruffled with their plight given its constant reduction of marking fee every year.
This according to them is prove of government’s bad faith. They however stated that no copy will be marked till their worries are resolved.