42 private institutions of learning have been sealed in the Center region of Cameroon, following a ministerial order signed on August 4, by the Minister of Basic Education, Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa. The release had indicated that 179 schools in the Center and Littoral regions were operating clandestinely.
Sources from the delegation in charge of shutting down clandestine schools in the Yaounde 5 subdivision, explained that the 42 learning institutions closed did not follow the norms for establishing a school. “Firstly, when you come to create a school, we ask you if you have the required amount of land which runs from 1000 to 3000 square metres set by the Minister of Basic Education. Now for those that we are closing down, they didn’t respect the norms” an official of the regulatory delegation said.
He regretted that there are schools created in a space of land of about 300 to 500 square metres which is not in line with the law. “You can come and you create but you don’t have the building permit. You have the land but you don’t have a permit and so you go on working clandestinely” another statement from the official indicated.
A host of other lapses were equally decried including poor infrastructure. As indicated by authorities, the sanctions are being meted out to push proprietors of the 42 suspended schools to each regularise their situation and be in conformity with what the Minister of Basic Education wants