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Examination center set ablaze in Bamenda

Partial view of burnt GBPS Atuakum classroom

Some five classrooms of Government Bilingual Primary School Atuakom, Bamenda have been consumed by fire. The school which was constructed in 2014 by the Japanese International Cooperation Agency was set ablaze in the wee hours of the morning. The perpetrators of the incident are yet to be identified.

Journal du Cameroun gathered Government Bilingual Primary School Atuakom was one of the centers earmarked to host the writing of the First School Leaving Certificate, FSLC and the Common Entrance examination. The FSLC is expected to be written later this week.

It is the umpteenth time public infrastructure is set ablaze by unidentified individuals since teachers and lawyers went on strike late last year. The incidents have been attributed to an apparently self-assigned faceless group. Some social media posts refer to them as “Vipers” “Ghost Town Enforcement Team” among other names.

Partial view of burnt classroom (c)All rights reserved

Fire incidents in the two major markets in Bamenda and Limbe as well as Francophone sections of at least five government secondary schools in the North West and South West regions have been set ablaze in the past couple of months. So far two police stations have been lost to alleged protesters in Bamenda and Mutengene. A structure at the Bamenda regional hospital which served as a laboratory for students studying medicines in the University of Bamenda was also lost to flames earlier this year.

It should be noted that the leaders of the strike who are currently gnashing their teeth in the Kondengui principal prison, have strongly condemned acts of violence and vandalism. In a recent interview granted Journal du Cameroun, Barrister Felix Agbor Balla Kongho, and Dr Fontem Neba, detained President of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium and Secretary General respectively, insisted the protest had to remain non-violent.

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