3, March 2017
The government has announced several measures aimed at making up for the lost teaching hours caused by the teachers’ strike in the North West and South West Regions. Among the measures prescribed in a release by Secondary Education Minister, Jean Ernest Massena Ngalle Bibehe is two weeks of classes for students of examination classes and one week for others during Easter holidays that begins on Friday March 31 to Monday April 17, 2017.
The secondary education boss has also called for the continuation of catch up classes “that have been going on for some time now in the Francophone section,” the communiqué said. The Minister has appealed to “all members of the education community” to put all hands on deck in their different spheres of competence for the full implementation of the measures. The teachers’ strike that began in November 2016 has disrupted the 2016/2017 school year with several teaching hours lost.
Though the government claims schools have resumed in the two regions, reports on the ground show classes are still empty. There are fears the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) could declare a blank academic year in the country due to the numerous teaching hours lost in the two English speaking regions.