Saturday, July 6, 2019

Anglophone Crisis: Sasse College Have Relocated To Mutengene For 2019/2020 Academic Year

After the main campus in Buea was shut down in March 2019 following rising insecurity, Saint Joseph's College (SJC) Sasse will from the 2019/2020 academic year run in the campus of the Regina Pacis College (REPACOL) Mutengene.

Rev. Fr. Kevin Sakwe, Principal of SJC Sasse announced on Friday, July 5 that the school was relocating to a new site.

"The Principal of St. Joseph's College Sasse announces that next academic year 2019/2020, St. Joseph's College Sasse will occupy, and operate in, the campus of Regina Pacis College (REPACOL) Mutengene," a statement from the school said.

This new relocation comes after SJC Sasse was earlier this year forced to move its students to Christ the King College (CKC) Tiko.

The Bishop of the Diocese of Buea, His Lordship Immanuel Bushu had on Sunday, March 3, 2019 said Saint Joseph's College Sasse had to shut its doors because of growing insecurity.

At the time, he said regular clashes between security forces and separatist fighters around the school environment made learning difficult and put the lives of the students at risk, forcing them to shut down the school.

No fewer than 200 students of the school were  transferred to Tiko where they camped at Christ the King College to prepare for the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Exams.

Rev. Fr. Kevin Sakwe in a letter addressed to parents said as at now, the environment makes St. Joseph's College Sasse unsafe for learners.

“Dear parents, for reasons not foreign to us, the surroundings of our legendary campus at Sasse is still not friendly to receive our students. We would not want to repeat the experience we had last year in Tiko. So we shall run in Mutengene as an independent boys' college,” read the letter addressed to parents.

The principal of the school says they look forward to what the future holds for their  students and teachers as they move to their new location.

Armed men fighting for the independence of a country they call Ambazonia are believed to have kidnapped some students of SJC Sasse in September last year. On February 24, 2019, they are said to have ordered that the school be shut down.