Cameroon and Chad
Cameroon and Chad

The Cameroonian government on Thursday presented a bill to the Parliament to promote French-English bilingualism.

Cameroon’s Minister of Arts and Culture, Pierre Ismael Bidoung Kpwatt, who submitted the bill to both the lower and upper houses of Parliament, said it was a “mark of commitment” to enhance the common heritage of the country.

“This draft bill aims to institute a real culture of bilingualism in our country. Through training and other incentives, the government through this bill will make sure that French and English languages are promoted in both public and private entities in our country,” Kpwatt told reporters in the capital, Yaounde.

English and French are the two official languages of Cameroon but minority English-speakers who constitute approximately 20 percent of the population have long complained of linguistic marginalisation.

In 2017, weeks of protest by some Anglophone population culminated in an armed separatism which is ongoing.

Last week, Cameroonian president Paul Biya ordered the recruitment of 500 translators and interpreters into the public service as part of measures to end the separatist conflict in the English-speaking regions. Enditem

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