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Threats from gunmen leave 2018 GCE markers stranded in Buea, other towns

Some teachers, who braved the odds and travelled to Buea in the South West Region of Cameroon to mark the 2018 session of the Cameroon General Certificate of Education (GCE), have reportedly been left stranded in Buea and other towns, after gunmen threatened them not to return to their homes.

The gunmen are accusing the teachers of snubbing their orders to boycott the 2018 marking session of the examination.

This revelation was made by the outgone South West Regional Delegate of Secondary Education, Victor Yewoh, during a meeting at the South West Governor’s Office on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

Outgone Regional Delegate of Secondary Education

The meeting chaired by Governor Bernard Okalia Bilai was aimed at mobilising education stakeholders for effective school resumption.

Victor Yewoh told the Governor and other stakeholders that the situation in most parts of the Region was challenging, but that some teachers are trying to brave the odds to be present in some of their schools.

“The readiness is there, the will is there, but the prevailing situation seems to be a bit disturbing for the effective start. That notwithstanding, we have resolved in our meetings that if there is only one student in school, the teaching and learning process will go on.”

He maintained that “most of the examiners, who came to mark the 2018 GCE have not yet reached their homes, because they received threats that as they have gone out of their villages to go and mark the GCE, they should not return. The Principals, who made sure that their students write the GCE, have been told that as they are going for break, they should not come back,” the delegate asserted.

The Delegate said he has received disturbing information of how roads leading to various communities in the hinterlands of the Region are blocked by armed men, making it difficult for schools and teachers to be very optimistic about the upcoming academic year.

“For instance, I have been informed that all the roads into or out of Lebialem have been blocked. So if you want to go in, it will not be easy to cross into the West Region. If you want to leave, it would not be easy to leave Lebialem and go through the West Region. It makes it difficult for our personnel to go back, if they even have the interest to go back.”

He, however, expressed optimism that though some communities do not have schools that are operational, some of their own children of school going age have been sent to areas where schools are on-going.

He pointed out that the Delegation is hopeful that in Meme, schools in Kumba I, II, and III may effectively open, while the situation in Fako Division was better, but for Muyuka.

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