Secondary Education Minister, Dr. Pauline Nalova Lyonga Egbe, has warned education authorities in Cameroon to desist from the word “Anglophone” when referring to schools in the Anglo-Saxon Subsystem of education.
The Minister has rather insisted that the word should be “English Schools like the case of Government Bilingual Technical and Commercial High School, Ngoa Ekelle, Yaoundé, where an English section has been created, making the school a bilingual technical institution.
A Teacher in the institution told The National Times that the decision creating the “English Section rather than the regular “Anglophone Section was taken by Minister Nalova Lyonga and that the authorities of the school are merely implementing the Minister’s decision.
“For now, the only thing we know is that lectures shall be done in English in the section, but we don’t really know the details about the syllabus,” the Teacher said.
According to the decision creating the English Section in the school, as signed by the Principal of the school, the Minister has transformed the erstwhile monolingual school into a bilingual institute starting from the 2018/2019 academic year.
“The Principal of Government Bilingual Technical and Commercial High School Yaoundé informs the public that the Minister of Secondary Education has authorised the opening of a first cycle in the English Subsystem of education in his institution as from the 2018/2019 academic year,” Essomba Alain Louis, Principal of the school wrote.
Even though the Principal refrained from calling it “Anglophone” section, he however, maintained the appellation of the classes as Form I, II and following.
In the past, schools under the Anglo-Saxon Subsystem of education have traditionally and officially been called “Anglophone Section. Where it was a bilingual school, the Sub-division dispensing courses in English was called Anglophone Section, while that dispensing courses in French was called Francophone Section.
Since the advent of the Anglophone Conflict, Government Ministers have shunned or banned the term “Anglophone” within their working space. Journalists of State media have also been cautioned against using the word. Meanwhile, immediately Atanga Nji took over as Territorial Administration boss, he went ahead to suppress the word.