Tensions Mount in Kumba Over School Resumption
Tension is brewing in Kumba, chief Economic town of the South West region, as ‘back to school’ gets closer. This is in the backdrop of the crisis which has now entered the 11th month with no solution insight.Some school proprietors confirmed of having received threats from unknown sources asking them to end all form of activities in their schools latest August 14.
Presently, in some schools in Kumba, holiday and catch-up classes are going on in preparation for the anticipated academic year 2017/2018. However, most proprietors confirmed that they are not ready to risk their lives, or that of their pupils and students or even their assets for school resumption.
In the meantime, registration of students and pupils in anticipation of the new academic year in all of North West and South West has remained very slow according to our findings. Some schools disclosed that they haven’t registered any candidate for the
new academic year. some proprietors and school administrators confirmed that some parents are instead choosing to send their children to schools in Yaounde, Douala and Bafoussam. They revealed that many parents have come asking for transfer certificates to send their kids to schools in out of the town. Most of the parents are still sceptical about school resumption in the Anglophone regions after they lost all of last year. In Kumba in particular, tension in the air is causing such fear and safety issues to the effect that most parents do not want to send their kids to school.