The attack on St. Joseph College Sasse in the early hours of Monday, September 17, 2018, by unknown gunmen has compelled Principals of boarding schools in the North West and South West Regions to shutdown their school campuses for the meantime.
The tension ahead of the October 7 Presidential election and the travel ban allegedly instituted by the Ambazonia Interim Government beginning from September 25, 2018, have left Principals of boarding schools with no choice than to send text messages to parents, calling on them to come and collect their children from the various schools.
The text message from the Principal of Presbyterian Girls Secondary School (PGSS) Limbe reads:
“We appreciate the sense of confidence you have for us. We think it is our responsibility to take decisions to protect the students. That is why we are calling on you to pick up the children on Wednesday 19/09/2018 at 7AM and bring them back on Friday 12/10/2018.
Thanks for understanding
Principal PGSS Limbe.”
Another message from Saker Baptist College reads: “Dear parents. Due to the persistent calls and pressure by parents, and in agreement with the PTA EXCO, Saker Baptist College is going on a short break as from tomorrow, 18/09/18. Therefore, parents should come pick up their children between 8AM and 2PM. Thanks for understanding. (Principal)”
It should be noted that since the start of 2018/2019 academic year, very few Government schools in the South West Region, specifically Fako Division have opened their doors to students. Attendance rate has been timid and discouraging.
The educational sector in the two English-speaking Regions of Cameroon has been paralysed since the eruption of the Anglophone Crisis in 2016.