English, Language Of The Oppressed in Anglophone Cameroon
English is the language of the oppressed in Cameroon because Cameroon is dominated by the French language.
The Anglophone or English-speaking problem.
The Law Protests
Lawyers in Bamenda, the capital of Northwest region of Cameroon, took to the streets in November 2016 to protest against the alleged imposition of French courts in the Anglophone region. Teachers also called sit-in protests in Northwest and Southwest regions.
Cameroon has two parallel schooling systems one English-speaking, one French speaking and the English-speaking teachers have complained that French speakers with poor English skills were being hired in English-speaking schools.
Southern Cameroonian English-speaking teachers boycotted the General Certificate Examinations (GCE), boycotts are known as ghost towns in Cameroon. The GCE is regarded as a political, during June examinations it was reported security was present at the eight testing centers with some men in uniform seen patrolling campuses with guns. Registration of students and pupils for the new 2017/2018 academic year in Southern Cameroons has remained very slow as the protest enters its 11th month.
Human Rights Violations
Human rights organizations have been critical of the Cameroonian government’s response to the protests. Following the January 17 arrest of two leading figures in the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, a leading English-speaking group Amnesty International accused the government of “inflaming an already tense situation” and attempting to “muzzle dissent.”