The following is a press release from the Minister of Higher Education:
“In keeping with the Highest Orientations contained in the address of the President of the Republic, Head of State on the 31st December 2016, in direct relation to the press release of the Prime Minister, Head of Government on the 5th January 2017, the Minister of Higher Education, President of the Inter-Ministerial Committee in charge of examining and proposing solutions to grievances raised by Teachers’ Trade unions, recalls that the 4th Ordinary session of the said instance will meet at the end of the Month of January 2017. Like the first three sessions, it concerns all Teachers’ Trade Unions without exception.
Its objective is to prepare the National Education Forum which is scheduled to take place this year in keeping with the announcement of the Prime Minister, Head of Government on the 2nd of December 2016.
It will also take into consideration the restitution of work done by the two groups that were put in place during the 3rd Ordinary session of the Commission on the 30th of December 2016 on the economic and financial problems of teachers on the one hand, and on social problems on the other.
All the conditions are therefore met for classes to resume in all serenity on the 9th of January 2017 on the entire territory as underscored by the Prime Minister, Head of Government in his presse release of the 5th of January 2017.
The security of teachers, pupils, students and parents is guaranteed by the State as emphasized in the afore mentioned Press release of the Prime Minister, Head of Government, that no one can violate the the Constitution by asking pupils and students not to go to class, thereby putting at stake the future of thousands of young Cameroonians who only want to resume school, so as to become competent and competitive citizens like their elders, who are effectively contributing to the socio-economic and cultural development of our dear and beloved country.
The right to education is inalienable (preambule of the Constitution of the Republic of Cameroon and Article 17 of African Charter of Human and People’s Rights of 1980 ratified by the State of Cameroon).
The President of the Inter-Ministerial Committee counts on all social groups to ensure that this unquestionable right to education is respected.”
(s) Pr Jacques FAME NDONGO