THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO FURTHER BRAINSTORM ON THIS SCOURGE DURING A SPECIAL PLENARY SESSION IN JUNE 2021.
This is the key resolution taken at the end of a working lunch the Minister of Secondary Education, Prof Nalova Lyonga, offered female parliamentarians on Monday, 22 March 2021 in Yaoundé.
Concerned with the extent of the decline in moral standards in schools, the Minister of Secondary Education tabled the issue to female parliamentarians. The Minister’s plea found favour with these mothers who equally expressed their worry about this situation.
Organised around the Network of Cameroon’s Female Parliamentarians, known as REFPAC, 40 female parliamentarians led by the oldest member of the Parliament, Honourable Laurentine Koa Mfegue sp. Mbede, top officials of the Ministry of Secondary Education led by Prof Nalova Lyonga and a handful of students met during a working lunch to raise awareness and brainstorm on the root causes of the scandalous behaviours observed in school-going youths.
Inputs from the various participants concur that responsibilities of moral decadence in children are shared, beginning with the parents, the children themselves and the State. The main lesson learned after listening to the students present at the meeting is that children feel abandoned and have substituted social media for their parents. It is therefore clearly established that children need the utmost care and affection from parents and the community as a whole, to firmly withstand and overcome the challenges confronting them in the digital era.
According to Laurentine Koa Mfegue sp. Mbede, this will need the participation of all the stakeholders in education and social affairs. To be concrete, the discussions that started with MINESEC should be extended to the Ministries of Basic Education, Social Affairs, and Women’s Empowerment and the Family as well as to opinion and religious leaders, and traditional rulers.
At the end of the exchange with the female parliamentarians, it was resolved that a special plenary session will be devoted to moral depravity in schools which is now a national concern, during the upcoming legislative session in June 2021.
By A. Ngidjol, CELCOM MINESEC