As part of its continued effort to improve education infrastructure and address the shortage of qualified teachers, the Cameroonian government plans to recruit an additional 3,000 primary school teachers in 2024. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Joseph Dion Ngute, on November 30 during the presentation of the country's 2024 economic and financial program.
The recruitment of these 3,000 teachers will mark the third phase of the government's initiative to boost teacher numbers. In 2019, the government recruited 1,000 contract teachers, followed by two waves of 3,000 each in 2020 and 2021.
"It's been two years now that we've been massively recruiting teachers in waves of 3,000. We've already completed two waves. We're about to launch the third,” said Laurent Serge Etoundi Ngoa, Minister of Basic Education, in 2022.
The government's teacher recruitment program is financed in partnership with the World Bank through the Programme d'appui à la réforme de l'éducation au Cameroun (Parec). The World Bank's contribution to this program amounts to XAF54 billion and aims to recruit a total of 12,000 contract teachers holding the Grade I Teachers' Certificate (CAPIEM).
In addition to the teacher recruitment drive, the Prime Minister also announced the free distribution of 2.5 million essential textbooks and 2,400 school kits to young girls. This initiative is part of the ongoing efforts to improve access to quality education for all Cameroonian children.
The free textbook distribution operation began in 2020 with the distribution of 4 million books worth XAF7.5 billion to the country's 13,000 French- and English-speaking public elementary schools. The operation is coordinated by the World Bank-funded Programme d'appui à la réforme de l'éducation au Cameroun (Parec) and has a total value of XAF22 billion.