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Assessing the impact of armed conflict on higher education in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions

Assessing the impact of armed conflict on higher education in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions

Posted on 2022-03-02 20:48:50 / by Ngenge Ransom Tanyu

Abstract


Armed conflict is undoubtedly humanity’s most devastating phenomenon. It halts development progress and stymies societal growth. This paper examines the impact of the armed conflict in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions on higher education. Using an online survey to disentangle the impacts of separatist war on higher education in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions, the paper focuses on the University of Buea and The University of Bamenda. According to 72.8 percent of the 47 students who responded to the study, 77.8 percent despise military presence on campuses since it makes the setting hazardous for lectures. As 83.3 percent of students say, this leads to campus closures on an irregular basis. Additionally, 23 students stated that their performance fell below 50% between 2016 and 2020, while 35 students expressed interest in moving to colleges in Francophone countries. The paper concludes that the separatist conflict has produced an unsafe learning environment for students at the two public colleges, hence impeding higher education.


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