All Anglophone Teachers’ Union Snub Gov’t, Continues With Strike

 

Meeting in Bamenda yesterday, December 2, 2016, representatives from the various Anglophone teachers’ trade unions of CATTU, BATTUC, SYNES UB and UBa, PEATTU, TAC and CEWOTU decided not to call of their sit down strike which has been running since November 21, 2016 saying the strike would continue “until satisfactory answers are given to all the issues raised or identified so far” but the press release also make room for further dialogue, with a call on the Ad hoc committee created by the Prime Minister to get down to work next week while waiting for government to make further clarifications.

The Bamenda conclave was motivated by the Prime Ministerial Order No 125 CAB/PM of November 29 and a press release from the PM’s office dated November 30th  which created an Ad hoc committee to find a solution to the problems raised in Bamenda on November 25 and 26, the announcement of a sum of 2 billion FCFA as state subvention to lay private and denominational schools in the country and the authorized  special recruitment of 1000 young bilingual Cameroonians in the field of sciences and technical studies to meet up with the teaching gap as a response to some of the demands of the striking teachers.

The teachers’ representative found faults with the measures taken by government which included the lack of a time frame for the ad hoc committee to work within, the absence of representatives of the teachers’ unions in the secretariat of the Ad hoc committee to make sure what is transcript is what was agreed upon, they also consider the press release as not legally binding on government who can reverse its decision at any time, the lack of a legal framework to justify the allocation of the 2 billion frs state subvention to private secondary institutions and what Anglophone schools stand to benefit and the recruitment of bilingual science and technical teachers which they say could prove problematic in the future and further marginalize Anglophones because as they put it, “no such thing exist as bilingual teachers of science and technology subjects in Cameroon”

The press release also goes further to condemn the actions of Southwest Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai and the VC of the University of Buea, Dr. Nalova Lyonga for using brute force to quell a peaceful student demonstration and calls for the role and tenure of office to be terminated, release students detained during the protest, open an investigation into the brutal crackdown and demilitarised the campus of the University of Buea.

The government is yet to react to the press release. Meanwhile Bamenda Online has been informed of calls for another sit down strike by taxis drivers. Below is the press release.

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By Abongwa Fozo in Bamenda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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