Teachers in the South West Region of Cameroon have been called upon to be assiduous and efficient in carrying out their functions, despite the tumultuous security situation in the Region.
The call was made by the Minister of Secondary Education, Dr Pauline Nalova Lyonga Egbe, while presiding at the celebration of the World Teachers’ Day in Buea.
The ceremony which took place at the esplanade of the Buea Council brought together over 500 out of 7,356 teachers in the South West Region.
The Minister of Secondary Education in her speech congratulated the teachers in the two English-speaking Regions of the country for their hard work and braveness in carrying out their teaching profession despite the crisis.
She said many teachers continue to brave the odds to the classroom to educate young Cameroonians, whom she described as the leaders of tomorrow.
“Mothers nurture their children with right moral values, so teachers are like mothers who don’t only nurture their pupils and students with right moral values, but also nurture them with knowledge. It is of utmost important for the teachers to know what knowledge to implant in the minds of pupils and students,” she said.
The former Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea further exhorted the teachers to support the right candidate for this year’s Presidential election, which she said is Paul Biya.
Teachers should vote for Paul Biya because he is experienced and has greatly improved the educational system of Cameroon through the building of schools in almost all the towns and villages in the country and also made education almost free in the country.”
Meanwhile, during the event, teachers outlined some challenges plaguing the sector such as low wages especially to teachers of Basic Education, unpaid arears, inaccessibility and insecurity of some teaching areas.
To these problems, Minister Nalova Lyong promised to ameliorate the situation and announce that the 2017/2018 arears of teachers will be paid in the days ahead. This news was appreciated by the teacher with a thunderous round of applause.
At the ceremonial ground, nine medals of Academic Excellence where awarded to some meritorious teachers who have spent over 15 years in the profession.
The Minister urged teachers in the South West Region to be more interactive in engaging in different activities in the Ministry as she is open to receive good initiative from teachers.
This year’s Teachers’ Day was celebrated on the theme: “The Right to Education”.
Nalova encouraged teachers to love their job as it is a noble profession.