Education For All: Schools Galore As Proximity Prioritised
The strategic creation of primary, secondary, and tertiary educational institutions has been a priority for President Paul Biya’s government.
Under President Paul Biya, all 360 subdivisions across the country can boost of at least a secondary school, talk less of primary schools which are spread across villages. The creation, construction of school buildings and staffing happen to be an aspect of the country’s development which President Paul Biya and his government hold in high esteem.
This is evident by the realities on the ground. At the primary level, the government’s resolve has been that each village has a public primary school. And the case has been that most villages nationwide have their Government Primary (or Practicing) School or Government Bilingual Primary School.
In exceptional cases where the pupil population is too small and doesn’t rationally call for the creation of a school, such localities have been served by public schools in nearby villages. President Paul Biya by his action has manifested the wish to have all Cameroonians easily access basic education.
This is guided by the fact that he has prioritized proximity of schools to the learners. In addition, the Head of State abolished the payment of fees in primary schools – granting free education for all kids.
Thanks to this action, Cameroon was able to achieve Millennium Development Goal Number Two – universal primary education for boys and girls. Despite the progress and successes recorded in the primary education milieu, President Biya and his government have not relented their efforts in making things get better.
For the academic year running, some 15,362 teachers have been trained on new curricula in primary and pre-school. Some FCFA 4 billion has also been set aside to be transferred to local councils for the acquisition of minimum packages for government primary schools.
In addition, FCFA 12 billion is set aside for the construction of 847 classrooms nationwide. The New Deal government hasn’t also relent efforts in getting the secondary education in the limelight.
General and technical colleges are established here and there and staffed with qualified teachers. It has also granted authorizations to lay-private and confessional authorities to run schools where need be. At the tertiary level, Cameroon now boost of eight state universities located in seven regions.
The East, South and North Regions which are yet to have their own full-fledged universities have specialsed schools created by the Head of State. Also, some 242 private institutes of higher learning have been granted authorizations to operate, taking the number of university students for the 2018/2019 academic year to an expected 520,000.