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Cameroon Government Shutsdown Over 500 Private Schools

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The Ministers of Basic Education and Secondary Education have announced the closure of nearly 500 private schools for the 2022-2023 school year, which is scheduled to start on 5 September.

These include 326 nursery and primary schools and 135 secondary schools. These establishments are closed for violation of legal formalities of creation and opening or for lack of operation, say Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa and Pauline Nalova Lyonga in orders signed last week.

Among the reasons named: the use of a false certification of creation, the lack of a decree of creation and opening, an environment not conducive to school activity or the lack of an act of extension for the French, English or bilingual section. A good number of these schools had already been running classes for at least a year. It is learned that teams will be deployed on the ground to enforce these measures before classes resume next month.

It’s the same story every year. On the eve of the start of the new school year, the government closes down so-called “clandestine” schools for the reasons mentioned above. But shortly afterwards, others reopen illegally due to a lack of real follow-up by the authorities in charge of education or because of complicity with certain officials in the ministries concerned. This is to the great displeasure of parents, especially since there is no place or platform where they can consult the list of approved private schools in Cameroon.

This new hunt for clandestine schools aims to clean up the educational environment, which will allow a “consequent cleaning” of the school map, according to Minedub.

To date, all the support that partners give to the basic education sector is closely dependent on the clarity and dependence of the control of the school map in our country. We must therefore do everything possible to ensure that at any given moment we are able to answer the question of how many schools exist in a given locality. I therefore prescribe to the regional services that have school mapping services in their organizations to put those responsible for this map to work,” said Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, in remarks reported by ca;eroon tribune.

Published on 05.05.2023

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