Teachers’ Trade Unions Call For Stop To Continuing Violence

Anglophone teachers’ trade unions have jointly issued a statement indicting opposing forces in the ongoing anglophone crisis to bury the hatchet and spare the anglophone subsystem of education and the life of students and educators, considered the most affected.

Teachers of GBTTC Bamenda

The press release in parts detailed the number of students and educators kidnapped, killed or who died as a consequence of the actions of the belligerents.

“in the 2018/2019 school year, the number of students who were either attacked, kidnapped, tortured and/or shot at was 287… Correspondingly, 28 teachers died in 2018/2019 (08 of them were murdered and the rest from every indication had their deaths provoked by incidents related to the ongoing insurgency) while 36 died in 2019/2020 (03 murdered and 12 dying suddenly…”

The release also mention the names of the last three victims it said were callously murdered. They include messrs Song Paulinus, Pipayu Ibrahim Ritre and Njamshi Nelson Ndi.

It also goes further to outline the damage on school infrastructure. “428 schools in 2018/2019 like 37 in 2019/2020 were either partially or wholly looted, occupied by armed gangs or partially or wholly burnt down.” It states.

The teachers’ representative go ahead to state they can not remain silent in the face of such “heinous acts” and join their voices with all others of decent breeding to condemn in strong terms “all those acts that undermine basic rights and human dignity”

Through the press release, they teachers strongly appealed to the consciences of those fanning the conflict in one way or the other. “We send out a resonant prayer to all compatriot promoting the ongoing insurgency from bases at home or abroad should, each in their individual conscience, resolve to stop playing ‘tingods’ “

The statement also urged the government to “continue to explore ways of reaching out to the parties in the ongoing conflict and addressing the grievances that provoked the crisis in the first place” On the military and security forces to “continue sourcing for ways to secure the beleaguered population and communities” and to especially show restrain.

The press statement in concluding subtly stated that school boycott as a means of expressing grievance cannot go on for ever. They plead for the education of the future general to be spared, stating that “education is the key to success and human development.

From the onset of the strike we did not content that our educational system was totally bad; we indicated a never of lapses and biases that needed to be done away with for our enviable system to continue to gain in quality and ascendency” adding that a good number of the measures have been righted but it’s impact cannot be assessed now because schools are yet to resume fully.

The release finally made mention of the plight of teachers especially in the secular and denomintional sectors who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, going without salaries or their salaries have been slashed.

The press release is signed by the leaders of PEATU, CEWOTU, TAC, BATTUC and CATTU.

By Abongwa Fozo

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