Cameroon’s Ministers of Basic and Secondary Education, Yousouf Hadidja Alim and Dr Pauline Nalova Lyonga Egbe respectively, have signed decisions appointing Principals and Inspectors to colleges and Basic Education Inspectorates in deserted communities of the North West and South Regions.
The decisions which came weeks after kick-off of the 2018/2019 academic year have changed little or nothing in most of the Anglophone towns and villages. The two regions have suffered school boycott calls since October 2016.
Weeks after such appointments, Delegates, Civil Administrators and other officials ranking as such have conducted handover and installation ceremonies of those appointed, issuing instructions which may never be implemented.
Across the North West and South West, Minster Yousouf has approved the transfer of Head Teachers, appointment of education Inspectors. These persons have taken over dormant offices and abandoned primary schools.
Dr Nalova on her part appointed some 55 college Principals in both trouble-hit Regions. The fanfare and ambiance that usually come with such appointments was absent this year. Most of those appointed have been installed in distant locations from the schools they are expected to manage.
Most of the Principals usually group around their Divisional Delegations alongside tutors. The schools they have been assigned to manage are buried in persistent gun battles, kidnaps and arson attacks.
But for schools in Fako that breathe to some extent now, the situation in Divisions such as Manyu, Lebialem, Ndian and Kupe-Muanenguba remains deadly. Human activity in most of these Divisions is yet to pick steam.
To escape sanctions from hierarchy, those appointed mostly idle around urban centres responding to documentation updates as may be required at higher levels. Their mission of moulding young Cameroonians cannot be executed given the current threats from separatists.