The colonial government of La Republique du Cameroun (LRC) has expressed total frustration over the low school attendance rate in the Southern and Northern Zones of Southern Cameroons. Colonial Minister of Secondary Education, Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe, expressed frustration during a meeting to evaluate the level of attendance of students in schools for the first quarter of LRC’s academic year.
According to the statistics presented during the meeting, less than 10% of students were enrolled into different schools from the 13 Counties of Southern Cameroons.
From the statistics, Lebialem County recorded the lowest school attendance in the Southern Zone while Momo County recorded the lowest for the Northern Zone. Though Mezem and Fako County topped the highest attendance rate for the two zones, their enrolment was however comparatively negligible, hence, had little or no effect on the evaluation.
Speaking during the meeting, the colonial education minister bemoaned at the manipulations that had been going in carrying out the evaluation. According to him, politicians and some administrative authorities had provided fake statistics so they can maliciously misinform the government on what is going on.
He indicated, he personally supervised an external audit firm to carry out the evaluation that came out with the latest statistics. Mr Ngalle Bibehe indicated that appropriate measures would be taken to boost up the attendance rate come the second quarter.
The statistics presented, also show that only ¼ of the total number of students currently attending schools in the two zones, have paid their registration, but no student has paid the PTA (Parents Teachers’ Association) fees.
While presenting the evaluation, it was indicated that principals are helpless to solve the situation because the minister has instructed no school should send a student home for fees.
That instruction has caused many confessional and lay private schools to fall in the dragnet of not being able to pay their teacher. Hence, teachers of most of the few schools running, have abandoned teaching and now venturing in other occupations.
Parents Await Ambazonia School Resumption on Jan 8
Meanwhile, some Principals of Lay Private Schools have hinted BaretaNews that they are waiting to see what will happen from January 8, 2017.
According to them, the leaders of the Federal Republique of Ambazonia, have declared that schools in the Northern and Southern Zones would effectively commence on January 8.
Most Ambazonian parents who religiously follow the Southern Cameroons Broadcasting Corporation (SCBC), have patiently been keeping their children at, waiting for the official School resumption date, according to the Ambazonia academic calendar.
By Lucas Muma,
Managing Editor – BaretaNews