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Cameroon/2021 3rd term academic year: Some students miss day-one over COVID-19 test

Students awaiting their turns to be tested for the COVID-19 pandemic at the Djoungolo screening center (c) Ariane Foguem copyright
Students in some secondary schools in Yaounde were absent from classes this Monday April 12, day-one of the third term for the 2020/2021 academic year over absence of a covid-19 negative test required as a passport into classrooms.


About 50 of them accompanied by their parents for some stormed the Djoungolo COVID-19 screening center in Yaounde to have themselves tested for the deadly pandemic.

According to a student of a Yaounde based English-speaking College present at the screening site, school authorities prevented all those without a COVID-19 test from having access to the school campus.

The student told Journal du Cameroon that a classmate tested positive for the pandemic before they went on Easter break and in a bit to avoid the spread in the school milieu, authorities told them that nobody will be admitted in school when classes resume without a COVID-19 negative test.

A parent who came with two of her daughters admitted she neglected this instruction given by school authorities.

The students were all tested at intervals due to lack of sufficient testing kits and some had the possibility to return to their different schools meanwhile others could not due to late attendance.

The recent surge in cases of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a cause for concern as the country keeps recording more deaths compared to the first wave.

An immunization campaign to curtail the spread of this deadly virus kicked off this Monday in Yaounde with the Minister of Public Health receiving the first dose of the Chinese Sinopharm anti-COVID-19 vaccine.



Published on 03.01.2023

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