By Dilian Welleng in Yaounde –
The Minister of Basic Education, Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, has laid down strategies to help fight violence in primary schools.
The measures are inscribed in circular letter signed February 17 by the Minister.
The circular is directed to Regional and Divisional Delegates, Sub-divisional Inspectors, secretaries of private Basic Education, Head Teachers of Nursery and Primary Schools.
Minister Etoundi Ngoa, in the circular, decried the increasing acts of violence in the school milieu.
Such manifestations, the Minister of Basic Education said, are incidental, complex and multifaceted.
As first step to pre-empt and curb the rampant phenomenon of violence, which is a cause for concern in schools, the Minister has instructed all actors in the Basic Education Family to incessantly watch out and hold monthly educative talks on the identification of acts of violence, their manifestation and suppression in the school milieu.
The circular equally urges school administrators to carry out systematic search of learner’s school bags, pockets, didactic materials and other objects belonging to them.
Minister Etoundi Ngoa also stated that during Parent Teachers Association, PTA meetings, school administrators should encourage parents to check the content of their children school bags every morning, before they go to school.
The circular as well mandates school authorities to create clubs that promote peace, tolerance, dialogue and a harmonious living together.
They have also been urged to organise tripartite teachers-parents-pupils, discussions twice per term in order to promote the good practices of peace and living together.
The Basic Education boss, in the circular, equally instructed school authorities to institute inter-class competitions which give value to the pupils and teachers who distinguish themselves in the practice of team work and living together.
The circular equally states that, during the holding of morning assemblies, pupils should be reminded of the benefits of living together and the importance of peace between pupils and teachers.
The disturbing situation of violence in schools today cannot be overemphasised. Students, pupils and teachers have sustained injuries and even death as a result of violence in the school premises.
The most recent case which struck the attention of many was the murder of Njomi Tchakounte Boris Kevin, a Mathematics teacher at Government High School Nkolbisson by his form three student.The Minister of Secondary Education, Nalova Lyonga, reacting immediately after the incident condemned the act and ordered for the planting of security cameras in schools.