Tchakounte Njomi Jean Kevin who was recently murdered by his student at Lycée Classique Nkolbison Yaoundé will begin his final journey this Thursday.
For three days beginning Wednesday, January 29, 2020, teachers in are planning to ground their chalks, suspend their lessons in honour of the memory of the mathematics teacher, Jean Kevin Tchakounte who was murdered by his student two weeks ago in Yaoundé.
A collective of teachers who were recently sidelined from integration into the public service known by its French acronym as CEIC, have called on the members to observe January 29 and “No Chalk Day” during which they will rather focus their attention to educate students on the dangers of drugs and violence in the school milieu.
Besides CEIC, teachers trade unions in Cameroon after releasing the funeral program of their late colleague, has called on the entire teaching corps in Yaoundé to mobilize physically and assists the family of Tchakounte NJomi in these trying moments.
The teacher’s trade unions are also planning a two day suspension of classes this week on Thursday and Friday to properly pay homage to their fallen colleague.
The death of the mathematics teacher it should be noted sparked national and international condemnation on the growing violence in Cameroonian schools.
The minister of Secondary Education Nalova Lyonga has instructed severe security surveillance in schools as a means of curbing the violence while calling on school authorities to immediately refer criminal cases to competent security forces.
Teachers as targets of school violence
Teachers in Cameroon strongly belief that they have become targets of violent acts in schools from their administration, students or administrative authorities.
A recent case of violence on a teacher from and administrative officer was last week in Government High School Ayos in the Nyong and Mfoumou Division of the centre region where the Divisional Officer of the Sub Division ordered the arrest and detention of a philosophy teacher.
The two picked up a fight in the school campus when the ‘chef de terre’ forced her way inside the teachers classroom to discipline a poorly dressed student after the teacher had prevented her from entering since the students were writing their examinations.
Recently in the Northern regions of Cameroon, a D. O. summoned a teacher to his office that he accused to have molested his student in class and ordered the teacher to sit on the floor in front of the student who happened to be the child of the D. O.
This week’s manifestation is a move to try to reduce and why not put an end to violence on teachers in their line of duty.