Dozens of purported doctorate degree holders have occupied Cameroon’s Ministry of Higher Education, requesting explanations why the government has failed to recruit them years after their graduation.
The protesters were stopped from entering the Ministry at the Ministry’s main entrance by members of Cameroon’s Police force. Some of the protesters went to the Ministry wearing their graduation robes and hoods.
One of the protesters whose chose to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the matter told National Times, “President Biya promised us after the 2008 educational reform that all PhD graduate will be given a job in the public service.”
“It has been over six years since I graduated and submitted by documents at the Ministry of Higher Education. No one has called me nor talk about any job. This is shameful. The government should keep its promise” he added.
Cameroon has one of the highest literacy rates in Africa. Over 12,500 Cameroonians hold PhD degrees, most of whom have left the country in search of greener pastures.
The country has one of the highest underemployment rates in the world, due to poor economic performance under the 36-year rule of President Paul Biya.
Mr Biya has been re-elected for another seven year term, in elections that the opposition contest were marked by massive fraud.