By Mua Patrick, November 18, 2016
Cameroon Journal, Yaounde -Leaders of some teachers’ Trade Unions and Associations summoned to dialogue with government officials Friday November 18 may boycott the meeting as they prepare to down tools on Monday, November 21 for an indefinite strike action, The Cameroon Journal gathered from reliable sources.
Last Wednesday, Higher Education Minister, Jacque Fame Ndongo, who doubles as Chancellor of Academic Orders summoned some seven teachers Associations and Trade Unions for an inter-ministerial committee meeting to examine and propose solutions to their numerous grievances.
Those invited for the dialogue are mainly those who signed a joint communiqué which announced the indefinite Monday strike action which the gov’t fears would crumble school activities in the Anglophone regions of the country.
Describing the meeting with the Higher Education Minister as “belated” and of “no
consequence,” one of the invited leaders who asked not to be named told The Cameroon Journal today that negotiations were ongoing for a complete boycott of the meeting.
He said, Fame Ndongo has snubbed them in several meetings – today’s meeting wouldn’t be any different from the previous ones. He added that government’s silence has been provocative, that all they are demanding is for their grievances to be provided lasting solutions.
Amongst the teachers’ grievances, is government’s continuous attempt to ‘francophonise’ schools in the two Anglophone Regions of the country.
The teachers are also demanding the withdrawal and re-posting of all French-speaking teachers from Anglophone classrooms with the exception of bilingual teachers as well as the withdrawal of francophone lecturers and administrators from the Anglo-Saxon universities of Bamenda and Buea and their colleges of education.
They are equally asking government to withdraw and re-orientate all Francophones reading English modern letters in Higher Technical Teachers Training College, HTTTC, Bambili and other schools of education in Cameroon to departments where they have an academic background as well as the recruitment of competent Anglophones to teach in various departments of colleges and faculties of the University of Bamenda.