Question time to members of Government
The Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education was at the National Assembly today Saturday 27 November 2021 within the framework of question time to members of government.
On this occasion, Prof Jacques Fame Ndongo was invited by the right Honourable President of the National Assembly to provide an answer to a question put forth by Honorable Youmo Koupit Adamou.
In his special style, the Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education, summarized the concern raised by the member of Parliament into six areas:
1. The socioprofessional integration of higher Education graduates;
2. The purported administrative duplication of some services of the ministry of Higher Education;
3. The problem relating to the periodicity of Cameroon higher education guide;
4. The management of careers, promotions and disciplinary sanctions of the personnel working in State Universities;
5. University research;
6. The professionalization of teachers.
Concerning the first aspect of the question Honorable Youmo Koupit Adamou, drawing from well researched and we’ll designed work by the national institute of statistics, the Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education gave the following figures to the people’s representatives:
Integration rate 75% (secured and formal employment), self-employment rate 10% (emphasizing that that rate stood at 4% a few years ago), informal sector 15%.
The Medicine and Biomedical Sciences sector topped the chart with en integration rate of 97%. These figures are further reinforced by the existence of 50 incubators, over the past five years, including 8 in state Universities. As a result, 750 projects were incubated and led to the creation of 1380 small and medium-sized enterprises that have generated 15000 direct jobs.
Concerning the second point, the Minister of State , Minister of Higher Education stated that it was important to distinguish between technical bodies such as the National Observatory of Higher Education Trades and Graduates (OMDES) and the structures of the Ministry of Higher Education.in this case, OMDES supports several of them.
With regard to the issue related to the periodicity of Cameroon higher education guide, the Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education informed the people’s representatives that for 5 years now, his Ministry has decided to digitize this important document that can now be consulted on internet sites such as www.supstudy.cm, www.minesupguidedesetudew.com and www.omdes.org.
Better still, he seized this opportunity to freely offer to honorable youmo koupit adamou, the 2021 printed version of the said document, evidence that it is produced on an annual basis.
With regard to the fourth point, the Minister of State, mMnister of Higher Education was unequivocal on the status of state universities in Cameroon that are public, scientific and cultural establishments with a moral status and financial autonomy.
But it is worthy to note that the salaries of Higher Education teachers are paid by the ministry of finance, the pension regime of teachers, who are either civil servants or contract workers of the index administration is the system applicable to state workers and not that of the personnel of public enterprises whose retirement is managed by the National Social Insurance Fund (NSIF).
While specifying that civil servants from other corps working in State Universities are not placed on secondment, the Minister of State mentioned the provisions of article 135 of Decree No. 93 to lay down the administrative and academic organization of the University of Yaounde, empowering the Minister of Higher Education to appoint officials of the University up to the rank of deputy directors and sub-Directors.
As concerns point 5, the Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education told all members of the National Assembly that since 8 April 2009, date of signature of the presidential decree to establish the special account for the modernization of University research, research at the University level has been boosted.
As concerns the fifth point it
gave the Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education the opportunity to focus on professional training. In this light, he indicated that the professionalization of teachings is the second compost of the trinomial quality assurance, professionalization and employability of graduates assigned to higher education by the head of State.
State Universities and private institutions of higher education have resolutely aligned with this paradigm and the results are promising.
Concerning professional internships, the Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education recalled that pedagogic credits, since the institutionalization of the BMD system, now consist of two components, theoretical training and work-based training. Institutions that do not comply with this requirement receive reminder letters and risk exemplary sanctions.
To end his explanations that were closely followed by all members of the National Assembly, the Minister of State, Minister of Higher Education said that with regard to laboratories, another issue of concern to Honorable Youmo Koupit Adamou, they are well funded in universities and, its representatives within each board of directors of state Universities, receive strong instructions to ensure an adequate budgeting of funding related to the renewal and appropriate equipment of these symbols of fundamental and applied research.