The Minister of Basic Education, Youssouf Adidja Alim has revealed that some 6490 qualified primary school teachers will be recruited during the academic year 2009/2010 in addition to the existing 70.000. She made the revelation in Yaoundé recently while officially opening a two day concentration meeting of officials of the central and decentralised services of her ministry.
The meeting that brought together Inspectors General, Pedagogic Inspectors, Directors, Regional Delegates, representatives of teachers Trade Unions as well as the civil society had as objective to evaluate the 2008/2009 academic year and examine the level of preparedness for the take off of the 2009/2010 school year. Holding their meeting at a time when the Basic Education sector is plagued with the problem of acute shortage of teachers and poor infrastructure; the Basic Education boss announced that some 6490 teachers will be recruited and some new schools will be constructed with some out of the 18.000 existing primary and nursery schools in the country rehabilitated. The Basic Education boss also used the occasion to warn officials against the misuse of funds.
For two days therefore, the officials listened to exposés and balance sheets of the activities of the year 2008/2009 as presented by the various regional delegates. From their various reports, it was realised that one of the problems of the sector was bilingualism. To this effect, speaking at the closing ceremony; the Basic Education boss revealed that some three bilingual primary school teachers’ training schools will be created in Yaoundé, Douala and Bafoussam. On their part, the participants left the Yaoundé meeting satisfied with the deliberations.
One of the participants Njika Joseph Forba who is regional delegate of Basic Education for the South west region told this reporter that he is going home fully satisfied and ready to go and implement the recommendations they have taken at the meeting. Urging teachers to start work on the 4th of September, he added that for pupils to have quality performance there should be partnership between teachers and parents. Njika Joseph used the occasion to appreciate teachers of the Bakassi area and praised government for the constant posting of teachers in the area.
By Ndi Eugene Ndi