State Universities: Special Recruitment of 2,000 Lecturers Clarified

The Minister of High Education granted a press conference in Yaounde on November 14, 2018 on the morrow of the order by President Paul Biya to recruit PhD/Doctorate holders.

The Minister, Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic, Ferdinand Ngoh Ngoh in a press release on November 13, 2018 said the President of the Republic, Paul Biya has just ordered a special recruitment of 2,000 PhD/Doctorate holders as lecturers in Cameroon’s State Universities. President Biya’s order specifies that the recruitment is opened to graduates resident in Cameroon and abroad, and will be conducted in three years with effect from 2019.

On the morrow of the order, on November 14, 2018, the Minister of Higher Education who is also Chancellor of Academic Orders, Jacques Fame Ndongo in the presence of the Minister of Communication, Issa Tchiroma Bakary gave a press conference in Yaounde on the qualification criteria and procedures for the recruitment.

Recruitment Period Minister Fame Ndongo stated that, “it is a colossal operation to be effected in three years, in a way as to give a chance to students registered in the doctorate cycle or those who are about to defend their theses.” As per the programme, 1,000 Assistant Lecturers will be recruited in 2019, 500 in 2020 and 500 in 2021. He said at moment, Cameroon’s State Universities and higher institutions of learning have 4,000 teaching staff and the special recruitment will raise the number to 6,000.

Qualification Modalities President Paul Biya, according to the Higher Education Minister, has given directives as to the specific recruitment modalities. He said the recruitment is exclusively reserved for candidates who are holders of Doctorate or PhD. The application of derogatory measures that fixe the recruitment age limit at 45 years and recruitment also opened to Cameroonians in the Diaspora.

It is also opened to civil servants who are holders of the Doctorate or PhD belonging to other corps but wi shing to teach in State Universities and finally gives priority to newly created schools/faculties, as well as fields of study termed (orphan fields). Recruitment Procedures A Central Commission for the coordination of the recruitment operation, overseen by the Prime Minister, Head of Government will have to be put in place in order to guarantee equity and objectivity.

The Central Commission, the Minister said, has the task to elaborate the terms of reference and recruitment schedule, control different phases of recruitment and carry out measures necessary for its finalisation, study complaints and validate the lists of candidates retained. It also has the task to oversee the communication strategy relating to the conduct of the recruitment.

In the meantime, the Minister said the Coordination and Supervisory Committee would have to sit in the days ahead. After its session, there will be the publication on the distribution of posts per university and per school/faculty, as well as the required profiles. When the information must have been published, candidates shall submit their files at the mails office of the Ministry of Higher Education.

The files shall later be forwarded to universities for a better follow-up of the operation. After deliberations by the statutory bodies, the Coordination and Supervisory Committee shall verify the regularity of the operations, decide on controversial cases and close the procedure by publishing the lists of selected candidates per university and per school/faculty.

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