Francophones in the Anglophone Educational Sub-System; Trends and Futures

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George Washington University

Publication Date

Fall 2014

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Cameroon: Social Pluralism and Development


Cameroon is a country divided by the vestiges of two different colonial legacies- the British in the west of the country and the French in the east. These two opposing colonial histories are manifested in the two education sub-systems found across the country. Although originally anglophones studied in the Anglo-Saxon sub-system while francophones followed the French sub-system, recent years have seen a growing influx of francophone students to Anglo-Saxon schools. This study sought to explore the trends and futures, the causes and effects of francophone students attending Anglo-Saxon sub-system schools. Using four secondary schools in the anglophone city of Bamenda, the study explores the social trends that led students to attend Anglo-Saxon schools and the anglophone-francophone social trends found in each of those school. These findings are then used to project into the future, considering the effects that the enrollment of francophone students into Anglo-Saxon schools has on the overarching goal of national unity.


Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Social Inquiry

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