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Public Policy and Administration


George K. Kieh


AbstractThe history of colonialism is one of the most powerful factors affecting the development of newly independent African states and limiting their chances for successful evolution. This research involved Cameroon and employment and educational issues associated with colonialism. The division between France and Britain contributed to the establishment of bilingualism within its territories, which is a source of multiple problems today. The study involved investigating the current situation in Cameroon through the lens of colonialism and its influence on countries. Theoretical foundations for this study were the colonial and postcolonial theory, neocolonialism, and concept of postcolony. They are used to explain roots of existing problems in the state and establish a framework for discussion. The study included peculiarities of bilingualism in Cameroon and how they influenced citizens’ chances of being educated and getting jobs. To examine the problem, a questionnaire was distributed to Cameroonians from the education and employment sectors with the goal of collecting relevant data and reaching conclusions about the current state of the problem in the country. Findings indicated a concern as it slows down Cameroon’s development and limits its chances for successful state-building. Resolution of the problem might help to promote positive social change by providing Cameroonians with new opportunities to become educated and find worthwhile employment.

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