The National President of Teachers Association of Cameroon, TAC, Tameh Valentine has reiterated that the strike action initiated by Teachers in the English sub system of Education was purely educational, hence had no political undertone. Ignoring, the rapes, extra judicial killings and the numerous abductions in Southern Cameroons, Mr Tameh who was one of the signatories to suspend the strike action on February 3, 2017 said those teachers who want to link the strike to political issues should resign as teachers and join politics. He made the statements in a scantily attended media briefing in Buea last Friday March 3.
Tameh Valentine who was very vocal during the early days of the strike but later on collected money from the regime in Yaoundé said government has listened to their cries and is already implementing some of the resolutions arrived at in Bamenda on January 13, 2016 paving the way according to him for a restart of activities in schools.
The President of TAC also said one of the reasons why he and his corrupt acolytes decided to called off the strike was due to the nonpayment of salaries by proprietors to teachers in private schools which made life difficult. He added his voice to that of the Board appealing to parents to send their children to school beginning Tuesday March 7.
Another speaker was Semma Valentine the so-called Acting National Executive Secretary General of Cameroon Teachers Trade Union, CATTU who opined that the Francophone Government has shown signs of good faith. Both pro La Republique trade union leaders who were invited at the GCE Board forum as guests did not mention the imprisonment of their colleagues with whom they fought together. Journalists who raised the issue were told by the GCE Board Registrar that they had raised a pertinent question but to the wrong persons. He noted that such questions can only be answered by administrative authorities.
By Sama Ernest with cables from Cameroun Info Net