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Op-ed: The Unjust Treatment of Teachers at Cameroonian Airports

by Atlantic Chronicles
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In recent years, the treatment of teachers at Cameroonian airports, particularly at the Douala International Airport, has become a cause for concern. Airport authorities have claimed that they are acting on orders to prevent teachers from traveling without proper authorization. However, what is happening in reality is an outright exploitation of teachers, with demands for bribes reaching exorbitant amounts, sometimes as high as CFA 500,000frs. This mistreatment is not only unjust but also a gross violation of the rights of teachers.

Teachers, like any other professionals, have the right to travel freely, whether it is for international conferences, medical attention, or to visit their families. It is perplexing why teachers are being systematically targeted in this manner, while other professions are not subjected to such treatment. This discriminatory practice raises serious questions about the motives behind these actions.

The argument that these measures are intended to prevent teachers from abandoning their jobs and seeking opportunities abroad is flawed. Teachers, like anyone else, have the right to pursue better prospects and improve their lives. The government cannot and should not impede their freedom to seek greener pastures. Instead of resorting to such restrictive measures, the government should focus on understanding the reasons behind the increasing number of teachers leaving the country and take steps to address the root causes.

Rather than hindering the movement of teachers, the government should be actively working to create an environment that encourages them to stay. This entails addressing the issues that are driving teachers away, such as low salaries, poor working conditions, and limited career advancement opportunities. By investing in education and prioritizing the welfare of teachers, the government can foster an atmosphere that retains and attracts qualified educators.

The mistreatment of teachers at Cameroonian airports not only tarnishes the image of the country but also undermines the education system. Teachers play a vital role in shaping the future of the nation by imparting knowledge and skills to the younger generation. It is essential to recognize their contributions and treat them with the respect they deserve.

Moreover, the actions of airport authorities demanding bribes and imposing illegal fees, even when teachers have proper authorization to travel, exacerbate the situation. These corrupt practices breed a culture of impunity and further erode public trust. It is imperative that the government takes immediate action to investigate these allegations and hold those responsible accountable.

In conclusion, the mistreatment of teachers at Cameroonian airports is a grave injustice that cannot be ignored. Teachers should not be subjected to arbitrary restrictions and demands for bribes when exercising their right to travel. The government must address the underlying issues driving teachers to seek opportunities abroad and work towards creating a conducive environment that values and supports its educators. It is time to put an end to this unfair treatment and uphold the rights and dignity of teachers in Cameroon.

 

Written By Ndifor Richard

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