Teachers in the North West and South West Region of Cameroon have called off their trade union strike which commenced on November 21, 2016. This has been followed suite by Bishops of the Buea, Kumba and Mamfe Dioceses ordering their Education Secretaries to immediately open schools, colleges and universities for Cameroonian learners. The document calling off the strike was signed by the Trade Union Leaders, urging government to quickly implement what was agreed upon during dialogue in the Ad-hoc Commission on Anglophone Education. This comes as a relief to the governor of the South West Region, His Excellency Mr Okalia Bilai, who has worked frantically hard to pull-off a return to normalcy in his region of influence. The resumption of Roman Catholic Schools and Colleges comes to join Government Schools and Colleges that have resumed timidly, in the previous week.
The edict from the Bishops in the region demonstrate leadership on education related matters and cements the place of the South West region as the intellectual capital of Cameroon. Parents are frantically whisking children to school, particularly to boarding colleges such as the most prestigious college in Anglophone Cameroon - The St Joseph's College Sasse in Buea.
At the University of Buea, lectures had resumed for postgraduate studies and final year undergraduate students, who are busy Cris-crossing campus to make progress on their research theses. Students in the professional faculties of medicine, Agriculture, Engineering, Technology and Translation/Interpretation have been active pursuing projects, workshops and lectures. Some have equally been busy undergoing internships in establishments and firms in the region.
The commencement of lectures at the Catholic University Institute of the Dioceses of Buea will add momentum to the social life of the Molyko neighborhood as university students return from 'forced vacations.'
Government has mounted effort in recent days, arresting remnants of the Consortium and SCNC lodging on Cameroonian soil, while effort is mounted on finalising requests to extradite diasporan dissidents fomenting chaos, hatred and civil strife in the region. Government's Cyber Criminality Task Force led by special selection of combined officers from the military has collated tonnes of evidence and identified hundreds of online activists some of whom are expected to arrested at ports of entry into the country.
For those already arrested, long prison sentences and death penalty hangs on their heads.
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