By Giyo Ndzi in Yaoundé
The Minister of Secondary Education, Prof Pauline NalovaLyonga, has urged stakeholders in the technical education sector to play their role in making the most out of its entrepreneurial opportunities.
She made the call in Kribi, South region yesterday while chairing the official launch of the Open Door and Entrepreneurial Days of technical education in the country.
The Minister also took out time to visit exhibition stands to get a firsthand taste of craft works, and handed over special prizes to meritorious students.
She also handed protective equipment to facilitate the fight against and ensure respect for preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.
While in Kribi, Minister NalovaLyonga also signed an agreement for the distribution of computers to secondary education institutions.
The minister’s encouragement to technical education stakeholders comes against a backdrop of rising deviant behaviour and practices among students across the national territory.
Addressing reports of numerous instances of deviant and often violent and sexually explicit malpractices in the school milieu, she told youth MPs in February that her ministry was actively seeking sustainable solutions.
“We have social problems we are looking into and a lot of this is taking our time away from academic problems. Academics is very much tied to social problems. If the student is not socially fine, the student will not be academically right,” she told them.
For adequate solutions to be reached at, however, she stated, there was the need for actors to come on board and fill the missing spaces.
“Work with us. If you have a community of people who want to work on a particular problem, please come to us. MINESEC is open,” she appealed.
The Ministry of Secondary Education, she added, has different departments which work on social problems.
“Come to us let us work together and try to articulate the problem,” she beckoned.
It should be recalled that over the last weeks several cases of deviant behaviour have still been recorded in schools, with some of the most outrageous being sex parties and violent confrontations between students and members of staff.