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Home Actualité Corruption in Cameroon’s educational milieu: an urgent call for concern

Corruption in Cameroon’s educational milieu: an urgent call for concern

This was the theme of a political debate that was organized by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) on Friday August 14 2015, under the auspices of it representative; Mme Susanne Stollreiter. Educational authorities and staff, as well as members of the civil society met at the conference hall of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung for Cameroon/Central Africa, Yaounde to debate on the way forward to eradicate corruption in Cameroon’s educational system.

 

Conspicuous at the debate was the presence of the newly accredited ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Cameroon; H.E Holger Mahnicke, who opened the debate with the statement that “corruption is a common phenomenon whose impact is felt around the world today as it is deeply rooted in almost all administrative systems”.

As such the educational system is not spared as it main actors; the administration, the parents and students have all been noted to be perpetrators of corruptible acts. It was in this light that some causes to corruption within the educational milieu were identified. Some of these causes are; the poor standard of living of some Cameroonians that makes them vulnerable to corruption, the absence of transparency in the administration, the neglect of the law and other norms, merchandising in the educational milieu, the aspect of regional balance and the Cameroonian educational system as a whole.

Nonetheless, students would always be the victims of this plight as far as the educational milieu is concerned. It’s in this light that Mr. Thierry Batoum, student and president of the ADDEC, had to intervene as one of the main debaters. He gave several examples of instances of corruption within the educational scene including a testimony of how some students from state universities (him inclusive) were unjustly suspended to have denounced the fact that the school administration is involved in some financial malpractices that are contrary to what is provided in the constitution.

In response to this, Mr. Talla, a participant at the debate pointed out the fact that in order to appropriately tackle the problem of corruption in the educational milieu a political will should be groomed specifically within student associations, providing them with the required protection and encouragement to denounce corruptible acts in their diverse institutions. This among other recommendations was made so as to ameliorate and if not completely eradicate corruption in Cameroon’s educational system.

Ndanji Neh Jessica,
Intern, World Dynamics of Young People (WDYP)