Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Teachers Trade Union challenges Prime Minister's Director of Cabinet, Chairperson of the adhoc committee and contradicts his media statement

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So much controversies have  recently been swelling round the Teachers strike, and some senior anglophone politicians are taking advantage of the situation to make a name for themselves, sidelining the teachers in their deeds which is ridiculous.

In a press release from the Teacher's Trade Union signed on December 13th 2016, the teachers say they believe Government is still into the game of playing its old bag of tricks, and also decry the foul play by Justice Ayah Paul, as well as the purported meeting at the Ndawara Ranch with  Alhadji Danpullo, where none of them was present.

Due to the illisibility of the Press Release, we have retyped it out so that everyone can read and understand.


Press Release, 13/12/2016

Meeting this 13th December 2016, we leaders of the teachers trade union and initiators of the Anglophone Education strike of 21/11/2016, noted with indignation that the press outing of H.E. the Minister Director of Civil Cabinet was a manifest display of bad faith aimed at vilifying us and painting us as intransigent, vacillating and instrumentalized. We saw the urgent need to decry this and came up with the following observations in guise of reaction:

  1.  That verily, we had asked for the creation of a new broad-        based institutional framework with a neutral chairperson,       which committee had been created and the chairperson            appointed.

 2. That for sure, we had requested and had been granted the         concession that this committee be allowed to work     in            Bamenda and prepare an implementation framework for          the grievances within  the shortest possible time frame.

3.  Furthermore, that we had actually said when at least one        other issue was implemented in good faith on or before            30/11/2016, the strike would be suspended, to be revoked        in due course in case of any breach.

Suffice  it to say that our mention of "any other issue" was tactically understood to mean "any other core issue" in this identity-struggle, and the issue of subvention did not qualify as a core issue, since it was a measure for private schools all over the republic. And if there was any need to request a gentleman's agreement because of the subvention palliative, that reason was vitiated by the corollary core issue, which stressed the recruitment of "bilingual science and technical teachers", a clear indication that the government government was pretending to resolve the contentions issues while at the same time recycling the very causes of the contention.

We equally dismissed as spurious the Minister Director's claim that we had raised other extraneous issues, especially of political note, because we did not do any such thing. We challenge him to show any document that we tabled, to prove the veracity of his claim. We begin to doubt how neutral he will be as a chairperson, when he draws conclusions that makes official assertions on the basis of rumour.

We are stupefied that the chairperson thinks we should suspend before committee work begins, another sign of bad faith that might force the conclusion without fear of contradiction that government is still up to its old bag of tricks. Our stupefaction is under-propped by the fact that our situation can be likened to the plight of a wailing child who has a nail lodged in the sole of his leg and his father chooses to pressurise him to stop crying instead of taking him to the hospital for the malaise to be handled with dispatch!

We take the opportunity to address two other topical issues.

A.  That we decry the attempt by Chairman Ayah Paul to                 include some of us into an Anglophone leadership team he      has arrogated to himself the right to create, We assert that      we were neither consulted nor did we give our consent to          such posturing  and observe that while we are interested in      helping to solve political problems, we are not necessarily        interested in making personal gains from the outcomes.

B. That we are not aware that a team of persons visited the           Ndawara Ranch to discuss our educational options, among     a complex of other issues, as social media messages gone         viral insinuates. As far as we know, we have not ceded to          anyone our rights to control the strike that we initiated.

                      Done in Bamenda, Tuesday, 13th December, in the year of our Lord 2016.



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