Outbreak of Violence: Student Wounded as UB Exams are Disrupted

Striking students infront of UB Administrative Block


 
At least one University of Buea student has been wounded following violence which erupted on the Molyko campus Monday amidst a lecturers’ strike which started  on Thursday last week.

The violence broke out at Classroom Block (one of the lecture halls) where security guards classed with members of the University of Buea Students ‘Union.

The security guards made a failed attempt at preventing the irate students from halting the examinations which the Vice Chancellor Prof Vincent Titanji had announced would start Monday morning, amid tension between the UB administration and the Buea Chapter of the lecturers’ trade union, SYNES.

The students, according to various reports, want the government to address the problems raised by their lecturers.

CameroonPostline.com learnt from reliable soucres that after the crisis meeting between the University Committee of Deans and Directors which ended in a deadlock, SYNES members on Friday held an emergency extraordinary meeting and resolved that they would call off their strike action on Monday, while examinations for the first semester were to begin on Tuesday.

The decision to suspend the strike action follows plans by the Minister of Higher Education to grant audience to the UB lecturers on Tuesday, CameroonPostline.com was told by a source from the Central Administration.

In the meantime, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea reportedly insisted that Examination begin Monday. And so, when some students began writing the examinations under the supervision of some lecturers, other student felt it was a treacherous act and decided that the examinations be brought to a halt.

In the standoff, one student was reportedly wounded while others sustained bruises in the stampede that ensured.

UB students then converged on the open amphitheatre, demanding that the adminsitration and SYNES officials address them. They later moved to the Central Administration where they used stoned to destroy some windows.

At the time of filing in this post, the UB administrators and other staff were trapped in the Central Administration, as students vowed they would not leave without addressing them.

By Solomon Amabo