It was an apparently innocuous article tucked deep inside a recent issue of Cameroon Tribune, but its content was yet another message of despair from Cameroon. According to the article,
"Out of some 10,000 candidates who sat for the competitive entrance examination into the Customs Department of the Ministry of Finance, recently launched for holders of First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC), over 4,000 were university graduates."
Yes, you read correctly - 4000 university graduates sat for a public service exam meant for Primary/Elementary School pupils. This is undoubtedly the fallout from an outdated and irrelevant educational system – from primary school to the university – originally designed to train future civil servants, and not to develop an entrepreneurial class with ability to create jobs.
The result of this policy is a horde of unemployed and largely unemployable university graduates with no marketable skills, many of who “can be found patching car tires by the side of the road - unless they are lucky to find a school in need of a teacher”, or competing with primary school leavers for the few entry level civil service jobs still out there.