Cameroon’s oldest college, St. Joseph College, Sasse has added to the list of schools that have been shutdown in the restive NW and SW regions of Cameroon admits increasing security concerns.
The decision to close the all-male school was made for the safety of students and staff, according to the Buea Diocese. The school is located at Sasse Native Area around Tole Tea Estate, Buea, South West Region of Cameroon.
Information on the shutdown was disclosed, yesterday, Sunday March 3, 2019, by the Proprietor of the college, Bishop of the Buea Diocese, Mgr Emmanuel Bushu.
According to the Bishop, the continuous armed battle between pro-independence fighters and the Cameroon Defence forces in Bwassa, a village close to Sasse, puts the security of the students and staff at risk.
The college braved all odds and opened its doors this 2018/2019 academic school year to over 200 students.
Bishop Bushu revealed that these students will be sent to Christ the King College (CKC), Tiko, where there’s relative calm. He affirmed that, the students shall write the General Certificate of Examination (GCE) in their new location.
On Monday, September 17, 2018 unknown armed men attacked Saint Joseph’s College Sasse , wounding more than 20 people. Many parents rushed to school out of fear and pulled their children from the institution, which led to its temporary shutdown.
This latest shutdown comes after Authorities of the Saint Augustine College in Kumbo, North West region of Cameroon shut down the school, mid February after about 170 students were kidnapped and released.
The Diocese of Kumbo asked parents to take their children home due to security challenges in the area.
Other schools too have been shutdown in the two restive English Speaking Regions of Cameroon.