Monday, 10 July 2017

Despite gov’t’s concessions:

Parents still hesitate to enroll their children for school in NW & SW
By Johnson Batuo in Kumba
Despite assurances and promises by the Government that schools in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon would open for the 2017 / 2018 Academic year come September 2017, it would appear parents in Kumba Meme division are not prepared to enroll their children for the next academic year.
                Admission into government schools in Kumba for forms one and other forms were slated to start on Monday 26 June 2017.  Some of these announcements were carried on local radio stations while others were posted at vantage positions in the streets.
                Despite these announcements and other forms of publicity, prospective form one students still failed to show up for interview.

                When we visited some of the government schools three days after the purported admission of students was supposed to start, we found no potential students around.
                But the principals, discipline masters and other administrative staff and PTA presidents were present in all the schools.
                Yet, some of the principals still expressed the wish and hope that enrollment would pick up as the months go by.  But most parents we talked to were of the opinion that with the intransigence and stubbornness of the government to solve the Anglophone problem they cannot allow their children to go to school especially given the looming uncertainty.

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