National Education: One Text Book Policy Effective Next Academic Year

The one text book policy instituted by the Prime Minister and Head of Government, Philemon Yang will be effective in Cameroon from the 2018/2019 academic year .

Officials of the National Book Council incharge of the approval of text books and didactic materials met on Monday, 26th February to discuss the practical modalities.

Accordingly, students will henceforth use one text book for each subject for a period of six years instead of two years.

The Permanent Secretary of the commission, Prof. Marcelin Vounda Etoa argued that the policy encourages authors and editors to be more creative and to produce quality books.

The measure which enables parents to spend less on education could incite them to send more children to school.

The one text book policy also favours publishers and authors who now have a transitional period of one to two years to submit their books.

In the meantime, officials of the Basic and Secondary Education ministries are working on a new curricula to be made public in the days ahead.

It was on 23rd November 2017 that a Prime Ministerial order instituted a policy that allows for just one text book per subject.
Secondary and high school managers, before the decision, sometimes conived with publishers to impose multiple text books per subject, depending on the institution.

Kathy Neba Sina

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