61 Clandestine schools closed in Cameroon
Sixty-one clandestine secondary schools of technical and general private education have been closed in Cameroon and will not go operational during the school year 2017-2018, as announced by an order from the Minister of Secondary Education (MINESEC), Jean-Ernest Massina Ngallé Bibehé.
This measure was in reacction to non conformity with regulations stipulating the formal creation and operation of secondary schools in Cameroon, « the different reports of the monitoring comission and the control brigade of private secondary schools (BNCEP) », affirms the ministerial order.
Of the 61 closed colleges, most belong to the lay private education sector with some not having an opening and operating authorisation, or both.
In addition to the main reasons cited, other schools were warned and put on red alert, particularly for non-regulatory premises », « lack of ownership », « usurpation of title », « cohabitation with structures unfit for educational purposes », « fraudulent registrations », etc.
However, if these institutions duly fulfil the specifications required by the academic authorities of the country, the sanctions will be waived.
At one month to the resumption of school and as registrations began in some institutions, MINESEC calls for vigilance of parents and students so that they do not register and pay fees to institutions not allowed to operate.