Basic Education Stakeholders in the South West Region have revealed that 21 primary schools in the Region have been attacked and destroyed from 2016 since the Anglophone Crisis started to 2018.
According to the stakeholders, of the 21 schools destroyed, only one primary school based in Mutengene has been repaired.
This revelation was made on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, by the South West Regional Delegate of Basic Education, Motaze Dorothy, during a planning and evaluation meeting that held in Buea, ahead of the official kick-off of the 2018/2019 academic year on September 3, 2018.
The meeting was chaired by the Governor of the South West Region, Bernard Okalia Bilai.
According to the Regional Delegate only schools in Fako and Kumba might effectively resume on September 3.
“We are hopeful that schools may resume in Fako, Kumba I, Kumba II, & Kumba III as for other areas, no hope of school resumption because they are all deserted,” Motaze lamented.
On his part, the Regional Delegate of Employment and Vocational Training expressed reservation that schools may effectively begin in Fako on September 3. According to him only a few schools in Fako with a little security guarantee may muster the courage to open their doors.
“I can say with 50 prcent assurance that few schools in Fako may resume,” he added.
Meanwhile, the outgoing South West Regional Delegate of Secondary Education, Mohmbakwet Victor Yewoh, revealed that he has instructed school Principals to register any student who approaches their institution seeking for admission.
“I have given instructions to all Principals that all students registering in any school should be admitted and problems of over population will be sorted later,” he said.
He added that frequent gunshots in Mamfe are scaring parents and making them to think twice about sending children out in such atmospheres.
All Delegates said the teachers in the various sectors are ready for school resumption, as such; the decision will now be on the parents who are the ones to bring or send their children to school.
The Governor of the South West Region enjoined all stakeholders to put hands on deck so that an effective school year is register come September 3, 2018.
The back to school planning and evaluation meeting was attended by Regional Delegates, Divisional Delegates, Heads of Military Units and heads of Penitentiary.