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105Technical Education and Professional TrainingINTRODUCTIONAs in most African countries, technical and pro- fessional education in Cameroon has been consi- dered for long as minor. But, in recent years, under the President of the Republic’s instigation, the education system is reasserting itself in the national policies of Cameroon education. It now stands as a concrete solution to sustainable deve- lopment in the country and an effective way to improve the fight against poverty.Recognizing the importance of training and pre- paring Cameroonians to working life but also meet effectively the legitimate demands and aspi- rations of the younger generations, the Head of State has worked to encourage a voluntary policy in the area. This aimed at boosting and upgrading the teaching by improving the quality of training and gender parity.DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNICAL EDUCATIONIn the technical secondary education, the actions carried out focused on: the construction of 170 classrooms and 12 latrines blocks; construction and equipping of 25 workshops; equipping of 10 workshops; purchase of 4,560 desks 76 practical work kits; connecting 7 schools toelectric networks; launching the construction work of the Nsam, Maroua and Ombe technical high schools; structural work completion of the construction of the agricultural high school of Yabassi.As for teachers training, actions included: the construction of 48 classrooms, 11 teaching blocks and 6 administrative blocks; the rehabilitation of 23 classrooms; the purchase of 2,880 desks.REVIEW OF THE 2014/2015 SCHOOL YEARTechnical and professional education recorded 483,087 students supervised by 29,143 tea- chers in 9,071 classrooms.During the 2014/2015 school year, the students/teacher and students/classroom ratios had deteriorated and were respectively between 23 and 54 in general secondary education, and 17 and 53 for the technical and professional. The students/classroom ratio was higher in the public, that is between 63 and 66 in the general education and technical and professional education respectively. Concerning the public teachers training, the students/classroom ratio improved by 5 and 1 points for ENIEG and ENIET respectively.LES ATOUTS ECONOMIQUES DU CAMEROUN


































































































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