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Provisional enrollment for students who passed Grade 9 school assessment

The Ministry of Education hereby advises all students, school administrators, and Education Officers of special enrollment procedures for students who have failed the Liberian Junior High School Certificate Examination, administered by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). To complete junior high school, students must pass both their school’s Grade 9 assessment and the national examinations, commonly called WAEC. Students who fail the WAEC exams are eligible to re-sit them.

It is vital that students continue their education, and the Ministry recognizes community concerns that some students waiting to re-sit the exams next year may not return to school. Reducing school drop-out and reducing over-age enrollment are important both for individual students and for our long-term national development. Therefore, students who have passed school assessment but failed WAEC may enroll provisionally in Grade 10, to continue their studies whilst waiting to re-sit the exams.

The Ministry is committed to upholding – and strengthening – education standards across the country, and hence students must still pass the WAEC examinations to graduate from Grade 9. Continued enrollment will be contingent on students re-sitting and passing the Grade 9 WAEC exams, and schools must ensure that provisionally enrolled students re-sit WAEC exams in 2018.

This announcement should be considered an addendum to the Ministry’s Academic Calendar, and the Ministry calls on all school administrators to ensure that eligible students can enroll provisionally. The Ministry is also reviewing options so that provisional enrollment measures are not needed in future years. Provisionally enrolled students should continue attending the same school, except where the school does not extend to senior high.

Contact: +231 777 403 676 or contact@moe.gov.lr

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Independent evaluation shows significant improvements at schools in Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) program

The Liberian Ministry of Education welcomed the results of an independent evaluation highlighting a significant improvement in education outcomes in schools within the Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) program.

The evaluation, which was conducted by a research team led by the Center for Global Development (CGD) and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), found that students in PSL schools learned 60% more than their peers at other public schools in just the first year of the program. It also found significant improvements in school management and a higher quality of teaching at PSL schools.

The findings led the independent evaluators to conclude that: “There is solid evidence of positive effects for Liberian children during the first year of PSL. Students at PSL schools learned more, received more instruction, and were happier at school than students at traditional public schools. Teachers in PSL schools were more likely to be at school, on-task, and engaged in instruction.”

Commenting on the evaluators’ findings, Minister of Education George K. Werner said: “We are pleased to see strong, independent evidence that the PSL program is achieving the objectives we set out: improving education quality and increasing learning gains. Ultimately my job is about providing better opportunities for all Liberian children and giving them the tools they need to succeed. This evidence makes it clear that PSL is helping to achieve that goal.”

The learning gains identified by this research combined with the improvement in test scores across all public schools for the 2016-17 academic year illustrate that the Ministry’s ambitious reform plan is already making a significant difference.

The Ministry welcomed the constructive feedback from the independent evaluation team regarding areas where the PSL program could be improved. The report findings provide evidence that new program elements already being introduced to PSL in Year 2 are well-founded. These include:

  • Modestly expanding PSL in order to test the program in more remote and disadvantaged communities;
  • Implementing new financial reporting requirements in order to better track providers’ progress towards financial sustainability;
  • Updating provider contracts to ensure that more teachers stay in their assigned schools, children previously enrolled in schools are given priority for registration, and all providers have the same contract terms; and
  • Building an Education Delivery Unit to ensure effective management of PSL and the integration of PSL learnings into the broader education system, amongst the Ministry’s other reforms.

Regarding the financial sustainability of the PSL program in Year 2 and beyond, Minister Werner said: “When we set out to launch the PSL program, we wanted to find education models that could work within the reality of our constrained budget. However, we also welcomed some providers’ efforts to raise additional funding from international donors in order to supplement our budget and provide much-needed resources. We are grateful for these donors’ generous support.”

The report showed that per pupil spending for Year 1 ranged from $40 – $321 across providers, illustrating that financial sustainability is within reach as economies of scale are achieved.

About Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL)

Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) is a public private partnership aimed at testing new models for improving Liberia’s public schools. Through PSL, the Ministry of Education has partnered with eight educational providers: some local, some international; some for-profit, some non-profit. Each provider has a different model but all have proven experience delivering quality education and improving learning outcomes. These providers have assumed responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the schools within the program, with oversight from the Ministry of Education.

During the first year, which concluded in July 2017, 8 providers operated 93 schools in 13 counties across Liberia, providing free, quality education to more than 27,000 students. During the second year, beginning in September 2017, there will be a modest increase in the number of schools, prioritizing increasing presence in disadvantaged regions such as the south-east. There will be approximately 200 schools included in Year 2, representing 7% of the total number of public schools.

Contact: press@moe.gov.lr or +231 777 403 676

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Announcement (updated): pre-retirement counseling workshops

Note: this announcement was updated on September 4, 2017, to include information for retiring staff from Margibi, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Grand Bassa.

The Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Civil Service Agency, wishes to inform all Education Officers and members of the public that a team from the Ministry and Civil Service Agency will shortly be conducting pre-retirement counseling workshops.

This exercise will be conducted in accordance with the Standing Orders of the Civil Service, Chapter 3, section 5.1, which states that civil servants can be retired after unbroken years of service, or due to poor health. Letters are being sent to those staff who are to be retired, inviting them to attend the pre-retirement workshops.

The schedules and venues are as follows:

  1. For retiring civil servants from Grand Gedeh, Grand Kru, Sinoe, Maryland, River Gee and Rivercess counties:
    • September 8 – 9, 2017, Zwedru, Grand Gedeh county.
  1. For retiring civil servants from Bong, Nimba and Lofa counties:
    • September 12 – 13, 2017, Gbarnga, Bong county.
  1. For retiring civil servants from Montserrado, Margibi, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Grand Bassa counties:
    • September 15 – 16, 2017, Paynesville Voka Mission, Montserrado.

The Ministry of Education and the Civil Service Agency extend their gratitude to retiring staff for their immense contribution to the Liberian education sector.

Contact: +231 777 403 676 or contact@moe.gov.lr

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Ministry staffing during campaign period

The Ministry of Education wishes to notify the public of changes to staffing arrangements during the national election campaign period, effective immediately.

The Assistant Minister for Teacher Education, Hon. Advertus O. Wright has tendered his resignation to the President, as he is standing as a candidate in the upcoming election. The Ministry thanks Minister Wright for his service to the education sector. The Bureau of Teacher Education are continuing their work whilst the vacant position is filled.

In addition, three Education Officers who are standing as candidates are taking a leave of absence without pay: the Rivercess County Education Officer, Mr. G. Samuel K. S. Bondo; the Grand Kru County Education Officer, Mr Tehneseo P. Brohdonyen; and District Education Officer Mr Patrick C. Jergbou (posted in Fuamah district, Bong county).

In line with the Civil Service Agency’s determination, these staff are on leave without pay for the entire campaign period – from July 31 to the date when the election results are announced, October 25. If their candidacy is unsuccessful, civil servants are to return to work immediately.

In the interim, the below staff are acting in place of Education Officers on leave. Schools, partners, and members of the public can contact these staff on all Ministry matters.

  • Acting in the capacity of County Education Officer for Rivercess: Mr Artscolston M. Dorgban, 0886 353 330.
  • Acting in the capacity of County Education Officer for Grand Kru: Mr Nicholas Wleh, 0888739912.
  • Acting in the capacity of District Education Officer for Fuamah, Bong: Mr James K. C. Waiwor, 0886 496 732.

The Ministry is glad to confirm that staff are following the Civil Service Agency requirements. Several other civil servants who are standing as candidates in the election are also on leave: Mr Alexander Tarnue Gayflor, Mr Joseph G. Scell, Sr and Mr Sampson Klooh Wilson, all working at Central Office; Mr Borie B. Barlea, working in Nimba; Mr Shelor Flomo Namue, in Bong county; and, Mr Henry C. Sandoe, in Rivercess.

Finally, the Ministry reiterates that no Government resources (including vehicles) are to be used for political activities. Moreover, no political campaigning is permitted on school grounds.

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Contact: contact@moe.gov.lr or +231 777 403 676