The government of Cameroon has announced measures will be taken to combat violence in schools.
The Cameroon government through her Minister of Secondary Education, Professor Nalova Lyonga has announced measures will be taken to install video surveillance cameras in schools as a way to combat violence and criminality in colleges and same time undercut the spread of high crime wave, currently noticed in learning institutions under her control.
The minister was speaking in Bafoussam on the 17 of January, 2020, at the end of a one day visit to some schools in the west region, aimed at assessing situations in schools two weeks after the resumption of the second term.
During the visit to the West Region, the Minister took turns at GBHS Gouache, Lycee Clasique and Government Bilingual teachers training college, all in Bafoussam, where the minister stressed on a friendly and brotherly atmosphere among students and teachers. She insisted that such an atmosphere will provide much scope for dialogue in situations of disparity of views between students and teachers.
In GBHS Gaouche, where the minister had a mother and child conversation with the students, and in Lycee Classique , where she equally held talks with some visually impaired students, the minister together with the students assessed the criminal situations in schools, and together with the students identified some strategies that must be applied to ensure a flexible and peaceful academic environment.
In her regret, the minister highlighted fluctuations in the intensity of violence in schools during the past week, citing the incident of Lycee Bilingue Nkolbisson, where a student stabbed his teacher to dead, and another in Obala where a student chopped of the finger of his mate with a cutlass.
Nalova Paulin Lyonga recommended constructive and innovative measures among administrative and teaching staff that can produce positive outcome for the students. ” Innovative solutions are probably needed to fight crimes in school”, said the minister.
She promised necessary material and medical assistance to the visually impaired students in the schools. Accompanied in her visit was the Secretary of State in MINESEC, Boniface Bayola.