In a press release signed on Monday, October 23, the Minister of Secondary Education (Minesec), Nalova Lyonga, invited some 1,571 staff to report to her ministry within "two weeks". The staff are teachers who are said to have abandoned their posts and reported out of the country. They are required to clarify their administrative situation or face disciplinary measures.
To clarify the administrative situation, each of them needs to submit a work record duly signed by their respective supervisors and any other written proof.
According to the release, the list was assembled based on an anonymous reporting initiative that was initiated nearly five years ago. On May 30, Minister Nalova Lyonga released a press statement urging individuals aware of any teachers absent from their assigned duties to make anonymous reports through a specialized digital platform.
At the time, the Ministry of Secondary Education indicated that the action was aimed at addressing the increasing issue of irregular attendance. This recent announcement requesting administrative justifications comes at a time when the new academic year is disrupted by a strike initiated by the collective "On a trop supporté" (OTS), which demands improved working conditions for teachers.