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JampackBrother

Bamenda people said they dont want French; So what is their bilingualism about.

We have cut them..!!

SDF is finish, Ni John is the Mumbutu of the 21 century, he doesn't want to step down, Chair man, President for him alone. How many years Chair man today..

We have discover the asecret.

Jampack Brother
Copenhagen Denmark

Maishu

Is the purpose of bilingualism to ensure that all Cameroonians are fluent in two foreign languages? If that is the raison d'etre of bilingualism and for the proliferation of bilingual centres,then let me say this in unequivocal terms:IT WILL NEVER SUCCEED.You only need to consider the case of countries like Canada and Mauritius which are more experienced in this experiment.

Let me also say the following: fluency in English and French would certainly be the ideal. However, there will be no time when Cameroon, same as Canada or Mauritius will achieve that ideal. Unfortunately,the government of Cameroon seems to be focussing almost exclusively on individual bilingualism with the proliferation of all these bilingual centres. I can say with a measurable degree of certainty that there will NEVER be a time in the history of this country when we will ALL be fluent in English and French.So let us deal with this matter of bilingualism in a manner that would not only meet our objectives but also cater for the day-to-day needs of Cameroonians.

The Government in my view should focus on INSTITUTIONAL BILINGUALISM. It is achievable and is in fact in conformity with our Constitution.From the constitutional standpoint, when Cameroon decided that it would be a bilingual country, it meant, I submit, that government, through its agents and institutions, would be providing those seeking its assistance (citizens and non-citizens alike)with services in both languages. It definitely did not mean that all Cameroonians had to be bilingual.That would have been a foolhardy pursuit on the part of the government.

With the number of Cameroonians currently deemed to be bilingual, it is possible to run all government services (including parastatals) with people who are able and capable of providing services in the two official languages. Institutional bilingualism is therefore an achievable goal.If the government were to institute a language policy whereby it would be mandatory for any and everyone seeking employment with any of its agencies to operate in both languages, then the concern about clients being served in both languages would be resolved. The current stock of Cameroonians employed, directly or indirectly, by the government is far less than a million. I submit that there are more than a million Cameroonians who can more than hold their own in English and French.Emphasis should rather be on organising short-term crash or refresher courses for civil servants to improve on their language proficiency.Monies currently spent pursuing an unachievable goal will be saved. Those seeking to learn English or French should go to the conventional schools.

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