An overview assessment of the on-going academic year indicates that despite the Covid-19 pandemic which altered the school year, significant progress was made, compared to last year, and thanks to innovative measures put in place by the Government of the Republic.
The evaluation was made during the cabinet meeting for the month of May that took place Thursday, May 27, 2021 at the Prime Minister’s office (Star Building).
All Education Ministers were present at the cabinet meeting.
So far, University programmes are 60% covered, according to the Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education, Prof. Jacques Fame Ndongo.
Since the second semester of the present school is still on with the academic year to end on August 14, 2021, there are hopes that the percentage would increase, the minister disclosed.
For Secondary and Basic Educations, the scheme of work is covered at 85% thanks to Distance Education instituted as an alternative to Covid-19 and the crisis in the English dominated regions of the country.
To Minister Nalova Lyonga, of Secondary Education, more students are back in schools this academic year in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon as a result of such measures.
Presenting during the cabinet meeting, Nalova Lyonga, disclosed that special arrangements have been made to accommodate the 1,131,360 registered candidates in all the 27 official Examinations across the country.
The Prime Minister and Head of Government, Chief Dr. Joseph Dion Ngute, who chaired the meeting at the Star Building, instructed the different Ministers to ensure the proper organisation of the Examinations as well as ensure that the results of these Exams are published at least one month before the start of next school year, in order to avoid any shift in the school calendar.
During the meeting, the Health situation in the country with Covid-19 was presented by the Minister of Public Health, Dr. Manaouda Malachie.
The Minister revealed that out of 78,929 Covid-19 patients in the country, 73,974 have recovered with 1,275 deaths.
An analysis of the epidemic curve in the country shows a continuous decline in the number of cases since March 2021.
However, particular attention is being paid to the vaccination campaign where 60,000 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine.