The Cameroons is a bilingual country with English and French as official languages. The present country came as a result of two different countries coming together. I will spare the long road of history here, but on how the present regime has succeeded in presenting the country to the international community as a French country it still beats my imagination. This has led to several Universities demanding an extra certificate from English Cameroonian to prove their English proficiency even after studying all their lives in English while persons from Ghana, Nigeria etc are given a free pass. It has even led to some Universities rejecting English Universities degrees in favour of French University degrees. Is this what harmonisation was about?
Recently, Cameroon activist, journalist and free thinker Tapang Ivo Tanku wrote why the French degrees so called Maitrise should be called off. Hear him:
However, one University in UK called Queen marys University London disagrees with Tapang Ivo. They see Cameroun more as a French country or recognises law degree mostly from Cameroun French Universities. In a letter send to one applicant called Bechem from the Cameroons, the University wrote ” For applicants from the Cameroon, we require a Maitrise ( 4 years) with an overall grade of GPA 3.0/4.0, or higher as a minimum entry requirement (see attachment)
The said student who released this information to BaretaNews felt embarrassed and could not proceed because he obtain a law degree from the University of Buea. BaretaNews is confident this is not the case everywhere as Anglo-saxon education has proven to be the best, but it still beats our imagination why would an Anglo Saxon University in UK, a colonial master of former British Southern Cameroons will prefer a degree from a French system than an English system.
BaretaNews thinks it is high time something is done. Such Universities should be called out publicly for discriminating against English Speaking Cameroonians. Students from English Speaking Universities from the Cameroons have equal right to be treated fairly. The Cameroons is not a French country.
God is still saying something.