Some parents however still have fears despite assurances of security.
Monday January9, 2017 is the expected date for resumption of the second term of 2016/2017 academic year, but uncertainty reigns in Bamendaif children and teachers will go back to school on not. While rumors are rife that Bamenda will witness a ghost town this Monday January 9, the government has embarked on a campaign to call on teachers, students and pupils to resume classes. Despite this, most parents are still skeptical to send their children to school.
In the North West regional capital of Bamenda most parents say they will not send their children to school because the whole town is militarized and there is an aura of fear of the unknown. For MrAwantoSammuelAmabo the government should solve the problems with the teachers before he can be assured of sending his children back to schools. He holds that sending the children back to school is not the solution but insist that with the presence of the military around town there is tension.
Government on its part, hasintensified calls for teachers and students to go back to schools this Monday. The Governor of the North West Region has called on the population to send their children to school this Monday. Governor AdolpheLeleLafrique has assured all of the security of their children. Meanwhile, the Minister of Secondary Education Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe is presently in the region to see the effective start of the school term.
While meeting with the teachers trade union leaders on Saturday January 7, 2017 in Bamenda, they all agreed to look for solution so that pedagogic activities can resume. In a press release that sanctioned the meeting it was stated that the trade union leaders acknowledged the proactive approach and steps taken by the Minister such as the redeployment of teachers to class rooms where their competences predisposes them to operate. They all prayed that the chairperson of the Ad hoc Committee hastens up the meeting of the committee so as to pave the way for concrete solutions to the other burning issues raised.