By Kesah Princely In Buea
Five teachers of Government High School (GHS) Weh, Menchum Division of Cameroon’s Northwest region remained missing, 24 hours after they were abducted on the school campus.
The Secretary-General of the Cameroon Teachers’ Trade Union (CATTU) revealed to TWIF NEWS, Thursday, January 20, those unknown gunmen invaded GHS Weh during learning hours and abducted five teachers.
According to Valentine Semah, the abductees included the school Principal, Vice Principal, and three teaching staff.
Among the five abductees were two PTA teachers.
The CATTU S.G equivocally told TWIF NEWS that, a student of the said school was hospitalized after being tortured with a machete by the gunmen.
Over 24 hours after the five teachers were kidnapped at their duty post, Semah Valentine regrets why authorities have not yet made a statement on the issue.
The whereabouts of the said students and staff of GHS Weh remains unknown.
The Menchum Division is increasingly becoming a danger zone for teachers as the Weh’s kidnap comes barely a week after some teachers were tortured while on their way to resume the second term of the 2021/2022 academic year.
“I don’t think the situation is getting better as people think; because this is the first time in the area that teachers are attacked while in school,” Valentine Semah revealed.
While the government continues to mount pressure on teachers to be present in school, very little is done to ensure their security.
Frequent confrontations between state and non-state actors in the separation war have claimed the lives of many.
Daily, teachers and students suffer the brunts of the Cameroon separatists conflict which is nearing its sixth year.
Much is being expected from the state to ensure a peaceful and convivial learning environment for Cameroon’s future leaders.
Many believe academic activities will run smoothly only after the deadly conflict has been brought to a peaceful end after a genuine and Inclusive dialogue.