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The Plight of Starving Southern Cameroons Mission Teachers: the Hypocrisy and Wickedness of Church Authorities

It is no news that the present political imbroglio in Southern Cameroons/Ambazonia, began in November, 2016, with the Lawyers and teachers’ strike to protest the assimilation of Southern Cameroonians by La Republique du Cameroon (LRC) through the francophonization of the Southern Cameroons Commonwealth legal and educational systems by the colonial regime of Paul Biya. Teachers in government, lay private and confessional (mission) schools all united in one voice with that of Common Law Lawyers sent a sound message to the Yaoundé colonial regime indicating that it was time the bastardization of the Southern Cameroons legal and educational systems came to an end – a strike action that has in a year, metamorphosed into what is today known as the Southern Cameroons independence restoration revolution.

BaretaNews had received several and repeated complaints from teachers of confessional and lay private schools relating to the none payment of their salaries for close to 10 months now, with most of the complaints emanating from teachers working with the Baptist and Presbyterian Education sectors

While teachers of government schools in Ambazonia have continue to receive their monthly salaries despite the schools boycott in Ambazonia as a revolutionary weapon, their counterparts in confessional and lay private schools have been surviving based on the mercies of God and the charitable works of some goodwill citizens. Even at the moment where religious leaders especially those of the Presbyterian, Baptist and Catholics have successfully sabotaged the schools boycott to get about 85 percent of their elitist schools open for the 2017/2018 academic year, they have greedily and wickedly too, kept their teachers working and starving for 10 months now without salaries. Worst of all is that, before the commencement of the revolution, more than 90 percent of school fees and other financial levies had been collected from parents; and despite the blank school 2016/2017 year, the monies collected from the elitist parents were not refunded.

BaretaNews had received several and repeated complaints from teachers of confessional and lay private schools relating to the none payment of their salaries for close to 10 months now, with most of the complaints emanating from teachers working with the Baptist and Presbyterian Education sectors. BaretaNews was therefore prompted to carryout an independent investigation on the matter, starting with the Presbyterian and Baptist Education Secretariats in Buea. The findings can be generally summarized as; the hypocrisy and wickedness of church authorities to the church.

The shocking finding on the plight of the PCC teachers is that, the Education Secretary of the PCC, Mr. Njie Kale, is allegedly and speedily building a mansion for himself in Buea town, directly opposite the Presbyterian Comprehensive Secondary School (PCSS) Buea town, behind the Youth and Animation Center

Within the Presbyterian Education Authority, it was discovered that the teachers of the PCC have seriously been suffering since they decided to be part of the teachers and lawyers strike in October/November 2016. The teachers have been abandoned to wallow in poverty and misery, as the moderator and Education Secretary claims there’s no money to pay them. According to a number of PCC teachers sampled by BaretaNews, the church authorities, everyday continue to ask teachers to remain prayerful and hopeful for post revolutionary better days, while they live in opulence. One begins to wonder whether prayer has become food for the body after a month of classroom labour.

Interestingly, BaretaNews, also confirmed from some parents and school staff that more than 90 percent of the school fees that were already collected for the 2016/2017 academic year before the strike wasn’t refunded to parents since there were no schools, and neither were the teachers paid. The teachers trade union of the PCC, PEATTU led by one Mr Afu Stephen, who is a Manager of Schools in Mezam East has tried in vain to compel the church to reason and address the plight of the teachers.

The shocking finding on the plight of the PCC teachers is that, the Education Secretary of the PCC, Mr. Njie Kale, is allegedly and speedily building a mansion for himself in Buea town, directly opposite the Presbyterian Comprehensive Secondary School (PCSS) Buea town, behind the Youth and Animation Center.

Njie Kale’s home under construction

BaretaNews also discovered in some managerial areas of PCC Education that, Primary school teachers have gone for over 20 months without salaries, while the Education authorities whose mandate is supposed to have expired after his 6 years term, remains in office without making any effort to get the teachers paid their salaries.

Teachers of the PCC and Baptist Education sectors who spoke to BaretaNews lamented that their situation could be comparable to that of the African migrants moving to Europe through the perilous Lybia-mediteranian route. In the Baptist sector, the story was the same like that within the PCC. The Baptist teachers and administrative staff have gone for 9 months without a penny and what the church authorities could do was to offer them just one month salary despite the fact that the monies collected from parents last academic year have not been used for anything education. All attempts by the Baptist teachers to even organized protests to call for the payment of their outstanding salaries have not yielded any results.

BaretaNews, the People’s Platform, therefore challenges the Moderator of the PCC, the Synod Clerk, the Financial and Education Secretaries; the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) President, Financial and Education Secretaries to all do the needful. If they truly consider themselves as Servants of God and the Church, Men of conscience and Shepherds to the flock of Christ Jesus, then they must ensure that their teachers get at least 3 months of their accumulated salaries before CHRISTMAS.

With the above findings, one is therefore tempted to ask the following questions; where is the money for the allege massive construction by the PCC Education Secretary coming from? Where is the 2016/2017 school fees collections being kept that teachers cannot be paid their peanut salaries for 10 months? Do the church authorities have any right to still accuse the agents of LRC who sued them in courts last time for persecution? What if the management of church finances is transferred to the teachers today and they also subject them (the church authorities) for 10 months without salaries? Do these church leaders have any moral right to accuse LRC for their 56 years enslavement of Southern Cameroonians?

BaretaNews, the People’s Platform, therefore challenges the Moderator of the PCC, the Synod Clerk, the Financial and Education Secretaries; the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) President, Financial and Education Secretaries to all do the needful. If they truly consider themselves as Servants of God and the Church, Men of conscience and Shepherds to the flock of Christ Jesus, then they must ensure that their teachers get at least 3 months of their accumulated salaries before CHRISTMAS. They should mirror themselves as PCC and Baptist teachers with families, who have been in misery for 10 months and then do what they think true leaders in Christ would have done to them. If they did not refund the school fees collected last year, coupled with that already collected so far for this year, then, the interest for that money alone should be able to settle the teachers.

BaretaNews is still doing further investigations on this story and will not hesitate to hold the church leaders to account, as soon as new findings come in. If the Church is the people, and the people fund the Church, then, the church leadership must be able to treat the church with dignity and provide credible accounts on how church resources are being managed. It is sheer hypocrisy, anti Christ and wickedness to feed fat on church resources, while admonishing those who toil to bring those resources into church coffers to pray and hope for better days with empty stomachs

Agbor James, BaretaNews Political Analyst

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Fotoh Paul Ebong

    December 7, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Well these are street news.
    if you want to get the truth hire a professional audit company.

    Everyone is harvesting bitter pills of the struggle and the church cannot be the schock absorber while loosing millions on investments on various fixed costs and contracted services.

    If someone had saved money for over 30 years of work and had planned to build on the 31st year, you mean he should now give the moneny to the church to pay his workers? Maybe a good heart person can do so but few people on earth will do so. And if that was the project of his life investment should he halt it because of the impending situation? I would say yes if hes an intelligent person but one never know people’s plan. Even during war people still marry, make children,…. and that is life.

    May God bless Ambazonia

    • Tabot

      December 7, 2017 at 11:07 AM

      Is there any proof that the money being used is his saving? Only time will whether he was not dipping his hand where it doesn’t belong. You said during war people still marry and make children, what about their chances of survival?

  2. George

    December 7, 2017 at 11:56 AM

    The morality says you should take respect to your people. If its his own money he shall proceed. In case it is church money it would send a devastating message.

    • Taleh

      December 7, 2017 at 12:22 PM

      The teachers were on strike, not working, how do they expect a salary for no work done? Why are u jealous of somebody who was working and is investing his hard earn money.
      You can not harvest where you never sow, these mission teachers should understand it better than any one else

  3. Fabian asong

    December 7, 2017 at 12:31 PM

    Forward Ever

  4. The engineer

    December 7, 2017 at 12:36 PM

    the FULL GOSPEL MISSION also should not be left ,they have kept their so called permanent teachers for almost a year now without salary and treating to do replacement in they don’t return to school

  5. Mukong

    December 8, 2017 at 12:48 AM

    We should be careful how we present facts else we will be seen as speaking with both sides of our mouth. One of our major frustration with the Biya regime is that people are wallowing in abject poverty while him and his clansmen are living in opulence.
    If this religious man was building a mansion to house a business in it that will help solve the very high unemployment amongst our youths, then it will be understandable. But to put up such a structure as living quarters when our very existence is in question because of greed and mismanagement as a result of activities on our land by Beti thugs is totally wrong.
    A lot of us in the Diaspora are making tremendous sacrifices to contribute to the IG because we know that the independence of Ambazonia is more than a big deal. Such monies could have been spent by some of us in the Diaspora to also build mansions. However, because our independence is non negotiable, we have decided to do what is right so that our children should not be subjected to the indignities that we are facing today.
    That is why we cannot complain about the excesses of Biya and the Beti thugs and then turn a blind eye when one of our own is doing the same thing. That is tantamount to hypocrisy.

    • George

      December 8, 2017 at 11:29 AM

      Correct analysis Mukong. I agree.

  6. Papito

    December 8, 2017 at 8:21 AM

    Fools

  7. Malis

    December 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM

    My religion is now Guns.

    Humans respect that more than God.

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