Friday, 19 May 2017

Why The Resentment Against 2017 GCE Exams Has Gone Mystical In Southern Cameroons

The uproar caused by a swarm of mysterious bees at Government High School (GHS) Buea Town in the Southwest Region of Cameroon has been raising eye brows in the Region.

The mystical incident came hours after an inexplicable fire gut GHS Bonadikumbo still in Fako Division and razed the GCE examination papers in that college.

Tongues are already wagging that the tragedies are a pointer to the fact that Anglophones are unhappy with the way Government is coercing them to send their children to school to sit for an exam they did not prepare for, given that they have been out of school for over five months, after their teachers downed their tools in protest.

Some people equally think that the mysterious incidents may be intended to teach some administrators like South West Governor, Bernard Okalia Bilai, a lesson on how to choose their words in public.

Why the resentment against 2017 GCE Exams has gone mystical in Southern Cameroons

Governor Okalia Bilai had on May 8, taunted the Chiefs of Fako by questioning them why they cannot use their juju and witchcrafts to stop those he claimed were disturbing their children from going to school.

According to him, the Chiefs are only quick to use their ‘juju’ on administrators and civil servants who grab their land. The May 8 taunting was similar to that he gave to Chiefs of the West Coast, during his visit to Limbe
Why The Resentment Against 2017 GCE Exams Has Gone Mystical In Southern Cameroons 
He had told the Chiefs to use their dreaded Malaye and Nganya dance to fight against Ghost Town.

However, many think that the mysterious fire incident at GHS Bonadikumbo and the bees at GHS Buea Town are meant to tell the Governor that traditional rulers, who once played a pivotal role in the decision making process in Southern Cameroons through the West Cameroon House of Chiefs, will use their jujus and witchcrafts to fight against annexation, which they have been subjected to.

The case of GBHS Nguti
Both the GHS Bonadikumbo and Buea Town incident happened barley a week after Governor Okalia Bilai referred to the teachers of GBHS Nguti as terrorists and accused them of burning down the school.
But the Divisional Delegate of Nguti, told the Minister of Secondary Education during a working visit to the South West Region that students who were not coming to school suddenly appeared on campus in their numbers when it was announced that the Mock Exams were to begin.

“The Principal was happy that students are finally in school, but the students rallied themselves and marched towards the Principal’s Office and set it on fire, together with the mock examination question papers,” the Delegated narrated to the Minister.
In a futile attempt to defend himself, the Governor retorted; “why did the students not burn down the church of Nguti...?

The burning down of GHS Bonadikumbo GBHS Nguti and GS Atua Kom in the North West Region, and the mysterious bees attach at GHS Buea Town is testament to the fact that Anglophone Regions are resisting the 2017 GCE Exams as the clamour for the release of members of the banned Anglophone Civil Society Consortium and other Anglophone detainees, who were arrested and ferried to Yaounde in the wake of the Anglophone Crisis.a

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