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Basic education minister’s convoy kills youngster in Kumba

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One of the luxurious cars in the Basic Education Minister’s convoy crisscrossing the South West and North West regions, has killed an eight-year old in Kumba

Beckley Anthon Tiguh was hit by one of the vehicles on June 13 in the Ediki locality in Kumba. Reporters on the ground say the mother of the deceased child was called up to the office of the Senior Divisional Officer for Meme Division, where she met with Minister Youssouf Adoum née Hadidja Alim and other government officials in the convoy.

The mortal remains of the youngster, we gathered, have been taken to the Kumba District Hospital mortuary while the minister and his convoy are said to have left for Mamfe, from whence they would proceed to Bamenda.

We gathered the 8-year old was crossing the road when the speeding convoy from Buea emerged all of a sudden. “The minister left Buea later than planned. They were trying to catch up with time. I think that is why the convoy was speeding beyond the speed we are accustomed to. They had to inspect the writing of end of course examinations in primary schools in the South West region before heading to the North West region. They visited two writing centres here”, a reporter on the scene told Journal du Cameroun.

The Basic Education Minister is touring Anglophone regions to observe the writing of the First School Leaving Certificate examination of the Anglo-Saxon sub-system of education and the Certificat d’etude primaire, CEP, its equivalence in the Francophone sub-system of education. The tour is an opportunity for the minister and his suit to get first-hand information on how the examinations are on-going with the political tension in the regions- marked by calls for boycotts of public exams and threats on defaulters.

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