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School resumption dilemma stares new delegate

New Secondary Education Delegate for Cameroon’s South West Region Dr Hannah Etonde Mbua has taken over office with a daunting task of ensuring effective school resumption staring her in the face.

Despite assuming office on August 31st with a clarion call for parents to send their children to school on from September 3, the realities on the ground remain what she will have to face.

Dr Hannah Etonde Mbua

In the last two years, schooling much of the six administrative Divisions that make up the Region have bas remained a nightmare.

According to Etonde, “Education is an inalienable right of every child and no child should in any given circumstance be deprived of it. I am more than ready to carry out my official duties judiciously and efficiently”. Edonde averred.

Yet she may have to go the extra mile for such utterances to produce concrete results across the Region. Separatists’ threats have hindered many from going back to the classroom.

Etonde’ is expected to coordinate the secondary education sector in the South through such difficult circumstances. Divisions such as Ndian, Manyu and Lebialem are the most affected. Across villages, not even a soul has gone to school in the last two years.

The out gone Regional Delegate, Victor Yewoh Mabuakwed, said his successor will face challenges. Yewoh hinted Etonde on the vast nature of the Region, the inaccessibility of some localities and the current Anglophone crisis.

A representative of the secondary education boss Mamoudou said with 25 years of service in the secondary education sector, Edonde is up to the task.

“She is a woman with professional and academic portfolio with much experience in the field as she has held several positions in the educational domain in Cameroon. The ministry of secondary education pledges its support to her in accomplishing her mission and vision” Mahamadou declared.

Dr Etonde is the first woman to occupy the post since the ministry of national education was split into three.

She started her teaching career in 1992.In the year 2000 Etonde was appointed principal of Government High School GHS Bonjongo. Four years later, she was transferred to GHS Bokwango. She served as the principal here for 14 uninterrupted years.

In 2017, she was appointed as the principal of Bilingual Grammar School ,BGS Molyko-Buea. All her service has been in Fako Division.

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