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Ad Hoc Committee president says continued strike not about education

Prof. Paul Ghogomu Mingo, Director of Cabinet at PM's Office led dialogue to end teachers' strike ©All rights reserved

Prof. Ghogomu holds a majority of the teachers trade unions that called the strike called it off since February 3

Prof. Paul Ghogomu Mingo, Director of cabinet at the prime minister’s office and head of the ad hoc committee set up to examine and find solutions to problems raised by teachers in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon, has stated that the continued stalemate in the regions is an act of civil disobedience. He was pointing out at a press conference in Yaounde February 13, in the presence of ministers of education, that the ongoing protest is no longer teachers’ industrial strike.

Flanked to the left and right by the ministers of basic eduction, secondary education, higher education and government spokesman and communication minster, Prof. Ghogomu pointed out that a majority of the teachers trade unions that called the strike had called it off since February 3.

He announced that that the convening in July this year, of a national education forum. The last forum of its kind was held about ten years ago. This would be in partial fulfillment of the promises government made to teachers during the meetings of the ad hoc committee in the office of the governor of the North West region. The meeting which ended on January 13, was spearheaded on behalf of the teachers by Tassang Wilfred and Fonte Neba who are currently being tried for treason, rebellion, terrorism and many other offences- they face a death penalty alongside the president of the consortium Agbor Balla, activist, Mancho Bibixy and other teachers.

Also in implementation of some of the recommendation the ad hoc committee settled on, government also plans to create a higher teachers training college for technical education teachers for the Francophone sub-section of education. The creation of a national polytechnic in English-speaking Cameroon.

Issa Tchiroma Bakary for his part, reiterated that the disconnection of internet connectivity in the North West and South West regions was a move by government to prevent Cameroonians in the Diaspora from spread unfounded information and calling on citizens to embark on civil disobedience.

Published on 10.02.2021

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