Cameroon Teachers Reject Military Convoys to Schools

YAOUNDE VOA | At least 3,000 Cameroon teachers have refused offers by the central African state’s military to transport teaching staff to schools in the conflict-prone English-speaking regions.

The teachers, who fled separatists’ attacks, looting, burning and occupation of their schools in the English-speaking regions, say they are not sure of their safety as some separatist fighters are again threatening to kill teachers and students who go to school. The renewed separatist threats are casting doubts over all schools reopening after four years of closure due to separatist crisis.

Primary school teacher Fru Issac, 47, says he has refused an offer by the Cameroon military to take him to his school in the restive English-speaking region. However, Fru said Friday, six of his peers accepted the offer to be transported by the military from the town of Bamenda to Ndop in the English-speaking Northwest Region.

“The authorities are now taking the teachers who cannot access their stations in armored cars. But the question is, when you successfully take them there, how would the teachers cope in the absence of these armored cars,” he said.

Fru said he remained convinced that fighters were still hiding in the bush ready to commit atrocities on teachers and students when the military transports leave.

However, Handerson Quetong, the highest government official in the English-speaking northwestern Ngoketungia Division, where Ndop is located, says teachers who fail to return to school will be punished. Quetong says the military will also find and punish people he describes as agents sent by separatists to threaten parents if they send their children to school.

“Anybody, especially teachers who will continue to insist on boycott, should know that [we consider that] they have another agenda which is hidden, and woe betide anybody who will still continue to carry out campaign and sensitization for this doctrine of boycott,” he said.

Cameroon’s military said it has been on standby since October 5, when the country’s 2020-2021 school year began, to transport teachers, students and administrative staff to schools in English-speaking towns and villages.

The military said they acted to ensure that schools closed for the past four years as a result of the separatist crisis can reopen their doors so thousands of children can have access to education.

However, Cameroon’s ministries in charge of elementary and secondary education said more than 3,000 teachers did not show up last week.

Cameroon reported that 140 of close to 500 schools closed by fighters within the past four years had reopened, with about 30,000 anxious children in attendance.

Some Anglophone activists have asked for schools to be reopened, saying it was a human rights abuse to continue to deprive children of education.

The Teachers Association of Cameroon said at least 300 teachers responded to the calls and returned to schools in the English-speaking regions. The association said many of the teachers preferred to return on their own for fear of being identified with the military by fighters.

However, a group calling itself the Interim Governing Council of Ambazonia, the nation they are fighting to create, said it had banned all schools controlled by Cameroon central government in Yaoundé from operating in the English-speaking regions.

It said it had ordered its fighters to abduct teachers and students who dare go to school.

Colonel Leoue Fesso, in charge of road safety at Cameroon’s Defense Ministry says special troops have been deployed to assure the safety of the teachers and students in all English schools.

“Our forces made it possible to restore serenity in these areas affected by the crisis. We can therefore reassure the entire education community in these areas about the protective measures being taken by the defense and security forces for a smooth and successful 2020-2021 academic year,” he said.

Cameroon’s government is also encouraging the creation of militias around schools to inform the military of any strange movements and visitors.

The separatist conflict in Cameroon has left over 3,000 people dead and half a million displaced according to the United Nations. The crisis started in 2016, when teachers and lawyers took to the streets to complain about the overbearing influence of the French language in the bilingual country.

The military responded with a crackdown and separatists took up weapons, claiming that they were defending civilians. They asked for a school shutdown and vowed to make the English-speaking regions ungovernable.

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    SC + LRC = 0 + LRC = LRC


    LRC is ruled by the most corrupt, dishonest, faithless, deceitful, arrogant, foolish, stupid, despicable, evil, demonic and insensitive CRIMINALS on planet earth.

    A country ruled by deceit, deception and terror is likened to a house built on sand.
    It is common knowledge and a celebrated fact that a house built on sand cannot stand for long.

    Thank God, Dictator Biya’s UNWINNABLE, UNSTOPPABLE; UNCONTROLLABLE and financially UNSUSTAINABLE war will rescue the Anglophones from that sh*thole VIVRE-ENSEMBLE with LRC.


    • **** THE PROPHECY OF Dr. E.M.L ENDELEY ****

      “If you vote for LRC you will invite a new system under which everyone lives in fear of the police and army. You will not be free to move about; you cannot lecture freely or discuss your political views in public; …and you can be arrested and flogged by the police and even imprisoned without a fair trial…. Who amongst you would like to live in LRC, a country red with the blood of thousands of innocent victims killed by terrorists and the Ahidjo regime…who amongst you will like to live in a country which lacks complete respect for human dignity and where you cannot speak out your mind freely or pursue your business in peace… Who amongst you will like your children to grow up in servitude?… That will be our lot if we join LRC.”

      • Kumkum Pass Garri

        Ambazombie stupidity on display.

        If God is great, why do you pick Odeshi over God for guidance and protection?

        We all know God is great and that is why we have faith in God and not in “Odeshi”!

    • * MY TAKE *

      The prophecy of Dr. Endeley has been fulfilled in toto.
      Every objective observer will agree with Dr. Endeley that LRC is indeed an ISLAND OF EVIL’
      Thank ALLAH, Dictator Biya has inadvertently opened the window of opportunity for the disintegrazion of tha God-forsaken country. He foolishly started a war he could NEVER EVER win, stop,control or financially sustain.
      Dictator Paul Biya is now a prisoner of his own foolish policies and insatiable appetite for eternal power. He is unable to free himself and SC from himself.
      If history is ánything to go by, the political obituary of Biya will also be similar to that of Mobutu. The telling signs are clear that politically things are falling apart around Biya who has become a liability to the country.

  2. Still, the ARF and our IG gov`t, are very slow in their every move, to win and restore
    the statehood. At this point, all enablers, should have been known by now and necessary
    care taken before LRC moroons, weigh in. The short break in our defence strategy, is a big
    weakness and the result is not to our good.

  3. HAHAHAHA and your children are in USA going to school while poor children who live in rural areas in Cameroon pay the cost. Ambafools who are you punishing? facebook country. the only revolution in history that has refused eduction to their people. hahaha. wona good luck.

  4. Any born English speaking Southern cameroonian knows that the french cameroon military has no good intentions towards them,these francophone illiterate military like their citizens despise Englidh speaking population vice versa,the colonial french cameroon dictator military duties in the English SW/NW zones is to shot and kill, bully,oppress, intimidate, suppress the population with their everday gun display, foreign language,unfriendly attire and appearances, harasement and demanding bribes from poor traders, our parents/ grand parents,taxi drivers and ordinary motor owners, raping young girls and having bastard children all over the zones

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