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WAEC Extends Deadline for 2018 Exams

MONROVIA, Liberia –  Due to numerous appeals from the public, the West African Examinations Council, in consultation with the Ministry of Education, has extended the deadline for registration for the 2018 exams. The new deadline is now January 30, 2018.

All principals and school administrators are also reminded that inability on the part of students to pay the registration fees is not a legitimate reason for students to be out of schools.

For more information, please contact the Ministry of Education at +231 777 403 676 or email contact@moe.gov.lr.

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Ministry of Education Welcomes Approval of US$11.9 Million Grant from Global Partnership for Education

MONROVIA, Liberia – The Ministry of Education welcomes the approval of a US$11.9 million grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to support its education reform program. The funds will be used to improve access to quality education in targeted disadvantaged counties and to strengthen national school accountability systems.

Specific beneficiaries of the program will include:

  • Approximately 40,000 ECE students in targeted disadvantaged counties who will benefit from Early Childhood Education (ECE) school grants;
  • 60 community caregivers who will benefit from community ECE training and support;
  • 1,400 teachers who will benefit from training to improve their effectiveness to teach ECE and primary level students;
  • 1,500 principals who will benefit from principal certification training under the project; and
  • 98 District Education Officers who will benefit from capacity-building activities under the project.

The approval of the grant serves as a vote of confidence in the “Getting to Best” Education Sector Plan, the Ministry’s cornerstone education reform policy. In the letter from GPE announcing the approval of the grant, the organization noted that it “appreciates the coherent program with a central focus on quality.”

The Government of Liberia thanked GPE for its support and pledged to continue to place emphasis on domestic financing of education. Speaking about the announcement of the grant, Education Minister George K. Werner said: “We are grateful for the support of the Global Partnership for Education as we work towards our goal of providing quality education for all Liberian children. We are getting to best, and we can’t turn back now.”

The GPE grant will be committed over a four-year implementation period, beginning no later than March 25, 2018.

For more information, please contact the Ministry of Education at +231 777 403 676 or email contact@moe.gov.lr.

 

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Minister of Education Corrects False Statement Regarding US$6 Million Investment

MONROVIA, Liberia — The Ministry of Education wishes to correct recent statements made by Vice President Joseph Boakai on a radio program that Education Minister George Kronnisanyon Werner stalled efforts to bring in a US$6 million investment into the country.

Minister Werner was sent a letter on April 4, 2017 from Dionysius Sebwe inviting him to make a brief remark at the National High School Football and Kickball Championship. The invitation came just eight days before the tournament was proposed to begin, with the kick off scheduled in the middle of the following school week. Moreover, the letter did not request approval for students to attend the tournament.

Despite not having been given approval for the tournament, the organizers proceeded to advertise the tournament over radio. In May, just several days before the WAEC exams were to be held, an announcement was made on a radio program that the tournament would be held among high schools from across the country.

After consultation with the deputy minister for instruction, county education officers, and the regional education officers, none of whom were aware of this tournament or had given their approval, the Ministry issued a statement noting that it had not sanctioned the program and that principals and education officers should ensure that students remain in schools to prepare for the WAEC exams uninterrupted.

The Ministry further urged the organizers of the program to conduct the tournament in July, when school was out, to guarantee greater participation from students and ensure that students’ preparation process was not disrupted.

At no point did the Vice President’s office communicate to the Minister of Education that there was a US$6 million investment that students would benefit from; however, the Ministry of Education has in recent past cooperated with the Vice President’s office to free containers of couscous and tuna cans alleged to have been destined for schools.

In past years, Liberian students have not performed well on standardized exams, with mass failures in the University of Liberia entrance exams and underwhelming performances on WAEC exams. However, due to the Ministry’s efforts and those of Liberia’s hardworking teachers and students, the results of this year’s exams showed an increase in performance. 64 percent of Grade 9 students and 58 percent of Grade 12 students received a passing result, up from 61 and 40 percent, respectively, in 2016.

Liberian children do not need any additional disruption that can negatively impact their ability to succeed in their studies. It is the Ministry of Education’s responsibility to prioritize ensuring that students are in school and learning, and it will continue to do so.

The Ministry of Education welcomes additional investment in Liberia’s education system, and it has worked tirelessly to secure such investments through the Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) program and other initiatives. The Ministry would urge any potential investors or donors to work through the appropriate channels to ensure that their contributions are deployed in a way that does not disrupt students’ ability to learn.

 

For more information, please contact the Ministry of Education at +231 777 403 676 or email contact@moe.gov.lr.

All Schools Ordered to Remain in Session Until Holiday

 

MONROVIA, Liberia — The Ministry of Education has directed all principals, District Education Officers, and County Education Officers to ensure that all schools remain in session until the beginning of the Christmas vacation, December 22.

After years of civil war, Liberia’s education system has been in a state of crisis that was later made worse by the Ebola epidemic. Overage enrollment remains a significant challenge at all levels of education. Approximately 40 percent of primary school students are more than three years older than the appropriate age for their grade.

Liberian children do not need any additional disruption that can negatively impact their ability to be productive citizens in the future.

It is the Ministry’s responsibility to ensure that all of Liberia’s children have access to quality education. Accordingly, the Ministry has been working to improve the education system and ensuring that children are in the classrooms and learning is absolutely central to that.

For more information, please contact the Ministry of Education at +231 777 403 676 or email contact@moe.gov.lr.

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