I was fortunate 28 years ago to have graduated from a primary school in a small village called Sumbe in Manyu Division, South West Province of Cameroon. This primary school was the best in the context of equiped and modern primary schools in my area in those days. We had trained teachers, beautiful classrooms, the school well fenced. This primary School produced the best scientists, architects, Lawyers, Medical Doctors etc. After 28 years I visited the school that gave me the foundation of my education. I was very shocked to find that no single teacher in the school was trained, all are PT (parents teachers) teachers, classrooms and furniture dilapidated, kids sitting on the floor to learn, not enough teachers. I then asked myself this question, "When the world talks about economic growth and development, how do they justify that". 28 years ago I received good primary education, my parents could affort everything I wanted at the village level,but today many kids don´t have good teachers, many kids don´t sit in condusive classrooms and many kids fallout from school at the primary level. The attached photo is the state of the school I attended 28 years ago. Take a pause and think about this.The message I got from this little village where I come from is about how they need good teachers because their children don´t do well anymore at the national GCE Ordinary and Advance Level exams.
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