Reports say parents in these Northern regions prefer to have their children at home, than send them to school, as long as they can’t be sure of their security.
Some concerned nongovernmental organisations, who focus on children’s rights to education have recently revealed that in the Far North and Adamawa for the past three years, over two billion FCFA has been spent on payment of ransoms to kidnappers, an opinion, bought by the government of Cameroon.
Due to this constant insecurity, government deployed a gendarmerie contingent of 500 elements to maintain peace and track down all bandits triggering insecurity in tthehat part of the country.
Their deployment came after President Paul Biya had called on the military to put a particular eye on that region and end criminal activities.
There have been an increasing criminal attacks in recent days, in the Adamawa regions of Cameroon. It was part of the issues discussed during the national security meeting that took place in Yaoundé, few days ago.
Meantime, government announced earlier this year, that Boko Haram attacks are under control.
Armed groups reportedly used more than a dozen schools in the Far North region as bases and torture centers from the beginning of the increased violence between Boko Haram and government forces in 2014, continuing through the end of the reporting period in 2017.
UNICEF stated that eighty percent of 110 schools surveyed during a needs assessment in the Far North in 2015 were reportedly being occupied by armed groups.
The UN also reported in May 2017 that national armed forces used 15 schools in the Far North for an unknown period of time. In April 2017, seven of these schools had been vacated and the other eight were still in use. The occupation of the schools denied approximately 8,000 children access to education.