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Stop Occultism, Religious Charlatanism In Schools, Principals Told 

By Fanny Mbain, Larysa Fambuh Fornimoh & Danielle Tamko* — Principals in Bamenda, Northwest Region, have been told to shun occultism and religious charlatanism in schools.

Northwest Governor, Adolf Lele Afrique, told school stakeholders to stop to all forms of school malpractices such as corruption, laziness and misappropriation of funds amongst others.
He called on Principals to prevent the proliferation of illegal churches school for so-called evangelisation.

The Governor was speaking at the launching of the 2013/2014 academic year under the theme “A Pedagogy of Excellence for an Exemplary Nation.” The Government Delegate to the Bamenda City Council, Vincent Ndumu Nji, challenged the Principals, Pedagogic Inspectors and Divisional Delegates of Education to be creative, disciplined and patriotic to help students acquire knowledge for application.

This will, in effect, step up the academic performance of students to a more qualitative output as compared to that of 2012/2013 academic year. On his part, the Northwest Regional Delegate of Secondary Education, George Sunjo, told participants that no corrupt official is safe. He urged them to make good use of advanced technology and pay exceptional attention in preparing their lessons. 

Sunjo also announced that during this academic year, Regional bilingual jamborees and quizzes would be organised among schools. The Delegate called on principals to shun absenteeism from classes, laxity and should check religious groups that invade the school premises under the canopy of moral education. 

While assessing the level of preparedness of schools for the 2013/2014 academic year, Education authorities pointed out problems faced so far such as late transfers, shortage of staff, illegal schools and churches in schools which threaten the smooth take-off of the academic year. They, however, pointed out some tentative solutions such as the closure of all illegal schools and banning of sects that come to school in the name of moral education.

During the conference, awards of excellence were given to outstanding colleges and students. Vanessa Tatsaboni of Government Bilingual High School Bamenda received a certificate and a prize for emerging best student in the Baccalaureate, BAC exams in the country. At the end of the conference, the Governor encouraged participants to work as patriots and shun bribe taking, slander, petition writings, shameful treatment of teachers and the proliferation of illegal schools and churches.

*(UB Journalism Students on Internship)

First published in The Post print edition no 01462

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