Cameroon: Two students die after falling into "well" in West Region

Two students taking the BEPC examinations in Cameroon died on Thursday after falling into an abandoned pit. Two others are currently in hospital.
The four female students had been taking the examinations at the Government High School Bana in the Upper-Nkam Division of the West Region.
The unfortunate incident occurred at lunchtime when the four students came to rest on the wall of the abandoned pit. The wall reportedly gave way for the girls to fall into the 15m pit. The first two broke their necks and passed on. The others got injured and were rushed to hospital, CRTV reports.


The girls are aged between 16 and 18.
The pit, they say, had been dug as a well . But when water failed to flow, it was abandoned and a wall was built around it.
Local authorities have expressed their condolences.
Cameroon is notorious for negligence. It is common place to see state universities look more like a forest than an institution of learning. The University of Yaoundé I is a palpable example. Some trees have even grown beyond control. Amphitheatres have been dotted with shrubs. That is why engine saws have been crying regularly lately on the campus of our mother university.
Some parts of the campus have been transformed into dreadful toilets. Official toilets have gone obsolete and the doors have been locked. Imagine a state university hosting over 50000 students without a reliable toilet. Recently, they had opened the doors and students were paying FCFA50 or FCFA100 depending on whether they wanted to send liquid or solid waste respectively. But a few days later, the old life had resumed.

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