CAMEROON: ANGLOPHONE REGIONS RALLY TO AVOID BLANK SCHOOL YEAR AS LANGUAGE PROTEST CONTINUES

YAOUNDE, Cameroonian authorities are rallying against time to avoid a blank school year in the English speaking regions of the country where schools have been closed for 4 months, after teachers walked out of classes in November.

The GCE board which is the body that administers the anglophone sub-system exams has extended the exam registration deadline. Candidates for the various exams have until March 20, 2017 to finalize their registration for the exams which will be held in three months time.

Prime Minister Philemon Yang resumed his mediation tour on Monday in the northwest region of the country. His main objective is to convince education stakeholders in the region to allow pupils back to class and avoid a blank school year.

English-speaking professionals have refused to work in the northwest and the southwest to protest what they called an overbearing use of French in schools and courts.

Cameroon’s constitution says the country is bilingual. While the government has made some reforms and promised others, it has refused to release dozens of people detained in relation to the unrest.

The strike has widened with people in English-speaking areas shutting their businesses on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Schools also remain closed.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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