Cameroon - University of Buea Lecturers back-up Anglophone Teachers, say impending strike action for Nov. 21st is maintained

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Panic is all over Cameroon, as November 21st is gradually and surely approaching. The Trade Union of Anglophone Teachers had earlier sent out a communique in which they informed the public of an impending indefinite strike action, that will commence on Monday Nov 21st, 2016, if the Government does not look into a series of issues preventing the smooth running of the system.

Well as it is, the Cameroon Government always waits for disaster to strike before looking for remedies, rather than preventing the disaster. And even if they ever decide  to take preventive measures, they always do so at the last minute, when things are already going hay wire.

Yesterday, CRTV tweeted that "The Inter ministerial Examining Committee will be receiving a delegation of the Anglophone Teachers and Lecturers tomorrow Friday Nov. 18, 2016  from  10 a.m at the Ministry of Higher Education for talks on their grievances".

This morning, Lecturers of the University of Buea held a meeting, in which they decided that the strike action initially announced must and will hold in all Anglophone schools in the North and South Wests Regions respectively. They called on all teachers to show solidarity, and respect the call.

Below is the resolution of the meeting

The Syndicate of University Lectures, University of Buea branch, met yesterday and resolved that:
The General Assembly held today as scheduled and among the issues discussed was the impending strike action billed to start on Monday 21 November 2016. the General assembly noted that:

  1. There was a deliberate misinformation in some quarters to make the demands of Anglophone teachers in Cameroon look like they were designed to expel their Francophone colleagues from the University of Buea. The GA dispelled this falsehood, pointing out that the goal of the strike was to draw government's attention to years of neglect and distortion of Anglophone cultural values and the grievous consequences Anglophones have suffered. Our colleagues are only passive subjects in the ongoing abuse of Anglophone educational values and can, therefore, not be held responsible for what is obviously a systemic problem. The GA held that it was time to set a transparent framework that will put an end to further abuses in the future and restore equity, fairness and respect for excellence.
  2. The GA also noted that the Letter of Invitation was vaguely styled to mask the purpose of the problem being discussed. Firstly, it did not refer to Anglophone Teacher Unions which have been yearning to be heard in the last 10 months. Secondly, it mentions "All other Teachers' Syndicates of Cameroon", a familiar tactic calculated to drown the voice of the Anglophone Teachers if or when they attend the meeting. Thirdly, SYNES-UB Chapter is not specifically mentioned as an invitee to the talks. By this very design, the MINESUP hopes to exclude Anglophone University lecturers from any future discussion. Finally, the President of SYNES-UB was not mentioned on the list of invitees to the meeting read today afternoon over CRTV. On the strength of the foregoing observations, the GA declared SYNES-UB's unwillingness to impose itself on any meeting to which it has not been invited.
  3. After reviewing the issues surrounding the strike and the bad faith evident in the preparation of the talks, the GA declared that the national strike called by teachers in the Anglophone subsystem of education in Cameroon will hold as planned until the burning issues raised are satisfactorily addressed by the powers that be. It called on ALL Anglophone lecturers and Francophone colleagues of good will to respect the strike call and save what is still left of Anglophone educational values.
This, in summary, is what transpired at today's meeting.
Sango Martin, PhD
Vice President i/c Administration

National Union of of Higher Education
University of Buea Chapter
Rm112 Admin Affairs Building

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