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Statement Regarding Education Budget for Fiscal Year 2017/2018

The Ministry of Education has released the following statement regarding the education budget for fiscal year 2017/2018:

“During a hearing of the Joint Ways, Means and Finance Committee on 12 June, there was a discussion about an additional $30.9 million in aid funding for the education sector in Liberia, outside of the Ministry of Education’s budget for fiscal year 2017/2018. The nature of this funding has been mischaracterized in some subsequent reports on the hearing. The funding, which remains subject to confirmation by the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning’s aid management team, is for off-budget aid that goes directly to NGOs and other organizations that work within the education sector. It is not part of the Ministry of Education’s budget.

“The Ministry certainly welcomes any additional funds that are made available to finance education in Liberia, whether through the Ministry itself or through external partners, as in this case.”

MOE Releases Provisional List for School Allocation for Year Two of PSL

The Ministry wishes to set out how it intends to allocate schools for Year 2, and in particular:

  • Step 1: What schools are available to be allocated;
  • Step 2: How schools should be distributed across partners; and
  • Step 3: How common materials could be shared.

See the full details here.

Public Announcement: Applications for Local Scholarships Extended to June 8

The Ministry of Education hereby informs the public that the deadline for the local scholarships has been extended to June 8. Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on June 8; please note that there will be no further extensions.

Local scholarships are offered by the government for study at local universities, colleges, and technical and vocational training institutions.

Applicants must be Liberian nationals with a strong academic record, and women and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application forms are available from County Education Offices, and complete applications should be submitted there.

Members of the public can also contact the Ministry of Education’s Central Office with any queries. The Ministry’s hotline number is 0777 403 676 and emails can be sent to contact@moe.gov.lr.

Results of the 2017 Chinese Bilateral Scholarships Vetting

The Liberian Government, in partnership with the People’s Republic of China, offered an opportunity for seven Liberians from the public to benefit from scholarships at the Masters level in the following fields: the sciences, Architectural Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Public Health, Geo-Information System, Civil Engineering, Information Technology, Chemical Engineering, Development Studies, and Mining Engineering.

The Inter-Ministerial Scholarships Committee, based on its Bilateral Scholarships Policy, embarked on a vigorous vetting process. Applications were hand delivered to the Ministry of Education, Office of Scholarships. Twenty-eight applications were received by the deadline of March 27, 2017.

After careful scrutiny, 19 applications were deemed complete, based on a list of required documents: CV, proof of citizenship, diploma, age limit, letter of intent (rationale for degree sought), two letters of recommendation (academic & professional), transcript, research proposal, four passport size photos and medical certificate.

The 19 top candidates were short-listed for a written exam and face-to-face interviews, which all the applicants took at the Ministry of Education. The written exam, including an essay worth 60 points, required the students to highlight the most important thing they would do to change their hometown. The essays were judged for the quality of responses, coherence, relevance, correctness and structure. The face-to-face interviews consisted of a four-person panel from the Inter-Ministerial Scholarships Committee and the Ministry of Education. During the interviews, applicants were judged based on knowledge of the sector chosen, expressed ability to undertake graduate research, attitude, eloquence, eye contact, body language, and dress code.

After the final scores were tabulated based on all elements of the vetting process, 11 candidates met the threshold of 70 percent and above. The top seven candidates were selected, representing the public. The remaining four were placed on the alternative list as per the request of the Chinese Embassy.

The full summary of the vetting activities can be found here.