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Cameroon: NW Region prepares for school resumption despite separatist threats

The governor of the North West region has hailed the education family for efforts made so far to ensure a hitch free back to school come October 5, 2020. He was speaking during the launching of the academic year by the Basic education family  on September 24,2020.

The stakeholders evaluated the  just ended 2019/2020 academic year and  exchanged ideas on the way forward for 2020/2021 academic year.

Kick starting the academic year at a time when the country is still been threatened by the COVID-19 ,the governor  said all measures have been put in place  by the various sectoral ministries to ensure that the pandemic is piped down. He called on parents and teachers to  continue educating the children about barrier measures meanwhile in school they will be closely followed up by the teachers and the administrative authorities .

The North West no doubt has a security challenge  as a result of the ongoing crisis but the governor has assured the population and the education family  that security  measures have been stepped up  to ensure the resumption of classes. He however called on parents, children and the community as a whole to collaborate with security forces to ensure a total success. To recalcitrant teachers he advised them to shun such habits or face sanctions.

On his part, the regional delegate of Basic Education Wilfred  Wambeng Ndong said together with his team, he is quite optimistic that the academic year will be much better that the previous one.Despite the challenges they had last year, he said the  education family tried so hard and the children performed so well in the end of course examinations, scoring  76.6% in the  Common Entrance examination  meanwhile the First school living certificate  Examination recorded an 86%  Success rate.

Among the innovations  put in  place this year,  a Task force which meets, coordinates,advises and transmits  information on the organisation and preparation of the academic year. Some  mayors have  already supplied didactic materials to the Head teachers. Admissions are ongoing in schools,Cost estimates for destroyed schools are already with the  minister for future rehabilitation, and above all they have galvanized with communities who are  clearing and cleaning schools in preparation for reopening come October 5,2020.

Just like the  Basic Education family, the governor equally  communed with stakeholders of  Secondary Education last weekend with firm instructions on what should be done.Expectations are high as  October 5th approaches with parents making last minute preparations to ensure that  their children study like others across the country.

Published on 10.02.2021

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