Yaounde(National Times)-Thousands of youths who sat a written test for the recruitment of 1000 primary school teachers across Cameroon’s in December 2018 continue to wait for the outcome of the exercise even as announcements have been made of the payment of 3000 others recruited within the basic education sector.
At least 5000 graduates from different Government Teacher Training Colleges (GTTC) across the country registered and wrote the recruitment examination last December. The exercises staged across all the 10 Regions show that, the number of candidates far outnumber the spaces government announced.
Since then, most of those who wrote the recruitment test have been lukewarm to expect any good news. Some say, they fear instances of influence peddling and corruption could deny them a place in the public service.
One of the teachers who wrote the recruitment test in Buea, South West region told The National Times on condition of anonymity that “ I believe the concour was another means for government to raise money for the public treasury… how can they say just 1000 people are needed and people write more than seven times that number.. we a three months gone and nothing has been heard of the exams” the GTTC graduate observed.
Despite this long wait, another set of 3000 teachers recruited within the frame work of support from the Global Partnership for Education(GPE) and the World Bank have since February 27 been summoned to receive their payments.
On March 11, 2014, the GFE made available FCFA 26.5billion to Cameroon within the context of the Quality for Improved Learning Programme (CEQUIL). The project covered the recruitment of some 9000 primary school teachers to enhance equity and quality of learning in public schools.
The project also focuses on eroding youth unemployment, gender and regional differences. Since February 27, the batch of 3000 Parent Teacher Association (PTA) teachers recruited as government contract teachers had begun collecting their payments.
Cameroon’s Minister of Basic Education Professor Lauren Serge Etoundi Ngoa had on February 22 issued a release in this light. The concerned teachers had been notified to come along with photocopies of their national identity cards, certified copy of work contract from the ministry, and an attestation of effective presence at work to access their payments.
According to the minister’s order, teachers in the Center region are supposed to have collected theirs by February 27th ,February 28th for those from the South Region, Littoral March 1st, West Region March 4th , North West Region March 5th , East Region March 6th ,South West Region March 7th , Adamawa Region March 8th . The Far North and North Regions was reserved for the 11th and 12th of March.
The World Bank and other development partners revived the recruitment of basic education teachers with a view to reviving education at the base especially in disadvantaged areas. The program has special focus on promoting girl child education.