Bilingualism Commission’s Tour: Many Ministries towing the line

04/11/2017The National Commission for Bilingualism and Multiculturalism is on Day 3 of its visits to Ministries to evaluate the level of the implementation of bilingualism.

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The services of the police are important in every community hence the public must be able to access information from this source in both English and French.

This is what the delegation from the National Commission for Bilingualism and Multiculturalism came to check at the Directorate General for National Security.

The Secretary General at the Directorate, Dominique Baya received the Commission members and highlighted his department’s efforts towards the proper use of English and French.

He indicated that documents produced by the Directorate are in both official languages.

He added that a language course will be introduced from 2018 in police training and internships, the Translation Unit will be reinforced and plans are underway to negotiate a partnership with the Pilot Linguistic Centre.

Benjamin Itoe, head of the delegation, in the company of Prof Abbe Jean Marie Bodo expressed the commission’s availability to accompany them in all these measures aimed at promoting bilingualism.

Three pm in Yaounde and a team from the Commission is seen taking down notes at the Ministry of Trade as Minister Luc Magloire Mbarga Atangana shares his Ministry’s experiences in ensuring the proper practice of bilingualism.

The head of the team from the Bilingualism Commission, Francoise Angouing Ndanga lauded the efforts made and indicated that the Commission will support them towards an improved bilingualism practice.

Day three down as the Bilingualism Commission notes problems raised thanks to the responses on questionnaires distributed at every stop.

Cameroonians are optimistic that these visits will not only make Bilingualism a reality but a sustained reality.

Eleanor Ayuketah

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