The Chief Administrator of the Southwest region in Cameroon, Bernard Okalia Bilai, has lauded the efforts of school officials in that part of the country as he assessed the turnout this academic year in the crisis-stricken region to be massive.
The Governor said teachers have paid the heavy price all along and their efforts need to be appreciated “I want to thank the teachers. They have paid the heavy cost. We recognize it. That is why we continue to plead that at the regional and national level, all the available means should be put at their disposal and we also want to thank the administration of the schools for the massive turnout this academic year” he told the CRTV over the radio programme Cameroon Calling, on Sunday, 12 September.
The courage of parents to send their children to school, was also commended by the Governor “we equally thank the parents for sending their children to school to be educated and become great men tomorrow” he said.
As the Governor indicated, most students in the schools he visited, revealed that they want to become doctors, engineers etc. Okalia Bilai said “they can only achieve those goals if they study in a serene environment and therefore, we have to maintain the tranquility in our schools”.
The government official emphasized the importance of sensitization, sending a message to every Elite within the country as well as in the diaspora, fueling the flames of the crisis to make them understand that education is the key. He said they cannot be fighting for a population and at the same time depriving them of their rights to education.