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Ministry of Education takes swift and tough actions

MONROVIA, LIBERIA – In a press conference hosted at the Ministry of Education, Professor, Dr. Ansu Dao Sonii, Sr. lamented on recent concerns of malpractices during the WASSC Examinations and emphasized plans to continue the much-needed reform of the education sector.

 

Minister Sonii has ordered the administration of the “Mother Esther Newpan School” to dismiss a teacher who was caught in possession of photocopies of materials deemed illegal at the examinations hall.

Similarly, students who were found in the act of cheating were also disqualified and withdrawn from the examination pending further investigation which could result in 2 to 3 years ban from admittance to the WASSCE or WAEC.

 

As a result, Prof. Dr. Sonii admonished parents, students, school administration, the public, and media to get involved in discouraging and creating awareness against exam malpractices, as any such situation will be very detrimental to our country. He stressed the need for everyone to desist from promoting what is term as “feasibility fees” during these examinations period.

 

Additionally, Deputy Minister, Honorable Latim Dathong also warned schools administrators to desist from denying students the opportunity to attend classes due to lateness. He added that schools should institute on-campus disciplinary actions to discourage students’ lateness rather than ejecting students from school premise and denying them full-day learning.

 

In other related briefings, Professor Sonii had vowed to continue the path of reforming the education sector by employing mechanisms to improve key outcomes such as improving scholarship opportunities for Liberians; adequately preparing our students for WASSCE; school inspection; and the involvement of all stakeholders through a National Education Summit.

In a previous message, Professor, Dr. Sonii reminded, “the Ministry of Education and all of its key functions are public concern, and the Ministry remains obligated to frequently informing the public about its activities to avoid speculations and at the same time, ensure that stakeholders of the sector are cognizant of their responsibilities”.

 

Professor, Dr. Sonii further commented on the progress of the Ministry’s initiative to assess the state of the education sector. As part of actions to address the several concerns raised by the public since the appointment of the new officials at the Ministry of Education, the Minister outlined several plans and actions that are currently in effect, including opportunities for Liberians to empower themselves through Government’s initiatives:

 

Addressing concerns about Schools Operation

The Minister confirmed a nationwide school inspection headed by his team of Deputy and Assistant Ministers together with members of various Bureaus and Divisions within the Ministry. He further added that the outcome of the findings from the school’s inspection will help make a determination of remedial actions to be taken, thereupon.

 

National Summit on Education

Following the nationwide schools’ inspection, the Ministry has scheduled to hold an education summit in Mid-May of this 2018, to bring together a cross-section of stakeholders of respective communities in an attempt to craft measures to remedy challenges of the education sector.

 

Teaching Civics Education in Schools

Prof. Dr. Sonii announced the reinstatement of Civics Education in the curriculum of schools across Liberia. He noted that this measure takes effect immediately as of the next academic school year which begins in September 2018.

He added that one of the fundamental issues of national development is the absence of a full scope implementation of a nationalistic will; in the past, civics helped fixed some of those behavioral problems and gravitate our young minds to love country first.

 

Scholarship Opportunities for Liberians

The Minister also took time to inform the public as far as training opportunities are concerned that, there are available scholarships for Liberian students at the Masters level and above from Egypt, Indonesia, and China.  He encouraged students to frequently visit the Ministry’s or the Executive Mansion’s website to keep informed on developments of these opportunities. He also asked the press to extend this information to the public through their media houses.

 

Administration of West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (WASSCE)

Prof. Dr. Sonii asserted that until the WASSC Examinations results are out and published no school shall have a “Thanks Giving Service”, which in truth has been a form of graduation exercise in a covert manner.

He urged all schools administrators to cooperate and forge towards building an education sector void of all the negative labels adjudicated to it in the past.

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For more information, please contact the Ministry of Education through email: [email protected].

 

Ministry of Education mandates schools’ authorities to remain open for instruction during the WASSC Examinations period

Public announcement: Schools Remain Open During WASSCE

The Ministry of Education of the Republic of Liberia reminds authorities of all primary and secondary schools operating in Liberia that normal classes are to be conducted during the period of administration of the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) from April 3 to 20, 2018 under the conditions indicated.

  • All schools hosting the WASSC Examination and have adequate auditorium and classroom facilities to accommodate candidates for the exams and yet conduct normal classes for the other students should proceed and do both.
  • All schools hosting the WASSC Examination utilizing all classrooms for the administration of the exams are required to suspend classes for the other students for the entire period of the examinations.

Notably, all schools affected by these examination schedules and therefore closed during this period are required to extend the academic year by additional ten (10) days to cover for the lost instructional time.

For more information, please contact the Ministry of Education at +231 777 403 676 or email [email protected].

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Prof. Sonii and Team Begin Nationwide Assessment Tour of Schools

Prof. D. Ansu Sonii, Sr. and the senior leadership team at the Ministry of Education have begun a nationwide assessment tour of schools around the country.

The tour will see senior ministry officials visit all 15 counties between now and April 13. The goal will be to assess school infrastructure and determine the needs and priorities of teachers, parents, and students. The tour will also inform the implementation of the ministry’s policy priorities.

Prof. Sonii’s schedule will take him to schools and communities in Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount, Bomi, and Gbarpolu. The Deputy Minister for Administration, Latim Da-Thong, will tour schools in Margibi, Lofa, and Bong. Alexander Duopo, the Deputy Minister for Instruction, will visit schools in Grand Bassa, River Cess, Sinoe, and Grand Kru. Schools in Grand Gedeh, Nimba, River Gee, and Maryland will be visited by the Deputy Minister for Planning, Research and Development, Alton V. Kesselly.

Traveling along the senior officials of the Ministry will also be representatives of the Principal’s Association of Liberia and the National Teachers’ Association of Liberia.

For more information, please contact the Ministry of Education at +231 777 403 676 or email [email protected].

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Ministry of Education Relaunches Education Sector Analysis

MONROVIA, Liberia –  The Ministry of Education has relaunched its Education Sector Analysis, in a workshop aimed at linking the results of the document to the government’s Pro-Poor Agenda.

The Education Sector Analysis is a document (PDF) that assesses the Liberian education sector and evaluates the influence and effectiveness of policies, interventions, and investments. The document is also instrumental in that it informs the development of new strategic priorities, plans, and policies in the education sector.

Key sector stakeholders, including UNICEF, the World Bank, the European Union, and members of civil society, were part of the workshop, which was held on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Ministry of Education’s office in Sinkor, Monrovia.

The workshop served as a joint analysis of the document to establish a consensus among the key stakeholders and development partners.

“Moving forward, it’s important to know what works and what doesn’t. More importantly, it’s critical that all the stakeholders are informed and are on the same page. Consensus is the key component of what we are trying to build,” said Dominic Kweme, assistant minister for planning.

During the workshop, participants also linked the key analytical findings with the government’s education priorities.

 

For more information, please contact the Ministry of Education at +231 777 403 676 or email [email protected].

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