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Cameroon teachers under attack: Why is everyone beating up teachers?

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The latest shocking incident in a government high school in Ayos where a divisional officer unchorograhically brutalized a teacher in front of students comes to cap a month of ceaseless attacks on teachers and indeed the noble profession

Reports there (Ayos) say the Divisional Officer was momentarily blocked from entering a class in the school she was visiting because students were taking exams.

But the teacher’s plea for the DO to give more time to the students to complete their evaluation was met with brutal force from an administrative official whose superiors have been noted for reckless brutality against the people

Earlier this year, a teacher was stabbed by a 15-year-old student in a class to dead for violating school rules and bringing a phone to class, the attack shocked the nation and sparked an on-line debate about the safety and security of teachers in school.

Teachers have therefore been the laughing stock of the Cameroonian society; lately as many have been subjected to ridicule and their once revered status disappeared.

On Thursday, September 29, 2019, a military officer, adjudant Boris Djouledem, got a teacher in government school Garage Militaire in Bafoussam almost beaten to death for punishing a form five student who happens to be his son who failed to do his assignment.

According to the ministry of secondary education, teachers have been attacked at least 15 times in the past month alone by parents, begging the question of what is happening?

Records of administrative officials and powerful parents beating up teachers with the complicity of some reckless law enforcement officers are not new but becoming rampant lately

The rich and powerful are wasting no time to benefit from Cameroon’s lawless system to beat up teachers, lock them up for very basic reasons as correcting their kids in school in a manner they do not like.

It’s no news that the rich and powerful in the country are themselves the law. Most of them have the powers to incarcerate the poor and underprivileged even for no crime for as long as they are satisfied, but what is surprising is the fact that this culture has been brought even to the people responsible for their children’s future-teachers were once seen as noble and secondary parents of kids

For a profession once admired and regarded as one belonging to the morally upright and privileged few who are charged with the colossal task to raise future doctors, engineers, scientists, and all other professions, the long respect and ‘adoration’ teachers once enjoy is now history.

Some argue the teachers are partly to be blamed for their own misfortunes in a brutal and increasingly hostile workspace, arguing that teaching profession has been ridiculed, filled with incompetent workers who can afford to buy their way through government entrance exams to the teaching profession even without the passion for the job, committing unacceptable mistakes in the process thereby attracting the rod of brutal and powerful parents and administrators.

But even that argument will not justify the latest aggressive onslaught against teachers by those who should be protecting them-after all; everybody was once a pupil or student under a teacher

The latest incident in Ayos involving a DO brutalizing a teacher for protecting the right of students have sparked debate in the country about the state of the law in Cameroon as   attacks from present and current students increases and salary stagnates, making them a laughing stock of the society

There have been calls for the administrator to be sanctioned by authorities. The secondary education minister has expectedly maintained sealed lips over the incident…but this is Cameroon, Some DOs are more powerful than some ministers and the business of sanctioning can be quiet tricky.

Students in the Ayos high shool today January 24th, 2020 staged a protest earlier in the morning calling for their teacher who was locked up for defending them in the hands of an overzealous administrators, some teachers announced a protest of their own, calling for no chalk day-But many of them will be consoled by the fact that at least they still have the rights to protest. Other Cameroonian doesn’t seem to posses even that basic right to protest against what they think is wrong-Excerpt, of course, it’s to support the regime in place

Faced by multiple crises, armed conflict in Anglophone regions, rebels in the east and terrorists in the North, many say the state of Cameroon is gradually fragmenting and losing hold of its strength, as everything seems to be wrong at these moments.

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French embassy protest: Paris strikes back, raid home of Cameroon minister

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Reports from French capital says French police have reportedly raided the home of labour minister and CPDM bigwig Gregoire Owona

It is not yet clear why the minister’s home was raided by law enforcement officers in Europe but the incident happened today February 24th 2020.

The incident is happening same day as Cameroonians in the nation’s capital demonstrated infront of French embassy, condemning President Macron for interfering in Cameroon internal affairs

The protesters carried banners with messages which accused France of supporting terrorism in Cameroon among other things

It is however not clear if the raid is related to the Yaounde protest

On Saturday February 22nd 2020, BAS activists Calibi Calibri confronted French President Macron during an international Agricultural show in France

He asked the President if he was aware of the “genocide” ongoing in Anglophone Cameroon and the silencing of dissenting voices in the country.

The French President said he was aware of the Anglophone crisis, promised to call Biya about the killings and adds that he was the one who pressured Biya to release opposition leader Kamto

His reaction was not well received by regime supporters who say Cameroon is an independent state and doesn’t take orders from Paris

France is the former colony of East Cameroon- the 8 French speaking regions of the country and the European nation continues to play a very heavy hand in the political affairs of all its former colonies in Africa including Cameroon

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Protesters storm the French embassy in Yaounde

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At the French embassy in Yaounde now, scores of cameroonians are currently staging a protest over the “insulting and unacceptable outing” of President Emmanuel Macron’s on Biya of Cameroon in Paris last Saturday.

The action comes following President Macron’s impromptu exchange with Calibri over the weekend in which he spoke on Cameroon and president Paul Biya.

The protest has reportedly been organised by supporters of the Yaounde government.

In a country where any form of protest against the regime is met by crackdown on the basis that they did not receive permit, many are asking if these protesters are permitted to take to the streets

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Biya supporters roast Macron on social media for belittling the strong man at Etoudi

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In a series of Facebook posts, supporters of president Biya have accused France of colonial mentality and says Macron is frustrated because Biya did not renew the colonial agreement which was reaping the country’s economy

They also pointed to France’s long history of supporter wars and coups in Africa especially Ivory Coast, Central Africa Republique

“Macron May be a fool to think he can ordered Biya around” one social media user wrote

The backlash comes after a video of Macron telling an activist that he will call Biya about killings in Anglophone regions.

The French President also boasted that he ordered Biya to free Kamto and took names of political prisoners which he promised to give Biya a call for their immediate release.

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