The Cameroon Government seem not to be giving up on their crooked strategies to force teachers back to the blackboards, and students and pupils back to their class benches, as they are leaving no stone unturned to make the world believe all is well with schools i n the anglophone regions.
While anglophones are calling for a BOYCOTT of the INSIGNIFICANT 11th February Youth day celebration, government through its officials in the anglophone regions, is saying the celebrations must hold.
According to Clement Fon Ndikum, Secretary General of the South West Governor's office, ' the Youth day is not just a formality, but a patriotic event', and thus, insisted that 11th February must be celebrated in the two English Speaking Regions, as all the other eight regions will also be answering present on that day.
Clement Fon Ndikum was speaking during a preparatory meeting for the upcoming celebration held in Buea, calling on parents to shun down fear and send their children to school so that classes can resume in the North West and South West Regions of the country.
As government is implementing a strategy of using youth groups and movements to motivate students and pupils to participate in the activities of the upcoming 11th February celebrations, Clement Fon Ndikum said “Students only form part of Youth population expected to celebrate the Youth day, there are other youth groups like social groups, like bike riders, political groups that are expected to honor the event.”
Schools in the North West and South West Regions of Cameroon have been grounded since Nov. 21st 2016, due to some unattended grievances tabled teachers and neglected by the government. Ever since then, government has been trying to arm twist the teachers decision and convince them to call off the strike through fruitless dialogues.
In the past weeks teachers and Principals of schools are being arrested by the government, as a measure to intimidate others to run back to their abandoned classrooms.