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Ministry of Education welcomes improvement in Grade 9 and Grade 12 examination pass rates

The Ministry of Education welcomed the improvement in the pass rates of Grade 9 and Grade 12 students sitting the Liberian Junior High School Certificate Examination (LJHSCE) and the Liberian Senior High School Certificate Examination (LSHSCE).

The results, released by the Liberian National Office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), showed that 64% of Grade 9 students and 58% of Grade 12 students received a pass result, up from 61% and 40% respectively in 2016.

The Ministry and WAEC commended the students and teachers across the country for their hard work preparing for the examination. Both institutions noted the strong performance of students in Sinoe and Grand Bassa counties, where 88% and 79% of Grade 12 students passed the examinations. They also praised the 108 high schools that received a 100% pass rate.

Commenting on the results, Minister of Education George K. Werner said: “The improved pass rates for Grade 9 and Grade 12 students are further evidence that the reforms being implemented under the Ministry’s 3-Year Plan are working. There is more work to be done, but it is clear that our efforts are already having a positive impact on improving the quality of education for all Liberian children.”

The Minister of Education drew particular attention to the strong performance of female students, which has improved steadily over recent years. Of Grade 12 students across the nation, Miss Marklyn W. Wingbah of Montserrado received the highest score in the LSHSCE, and ten of the 16 candidates who achieved Division II results (recognizing better results) were female.

Minister Werner noted: “There has never been any question about girls’ academic potential. Nonetheless, we are glad to congratulate Miss Wingbah and her peers on their achievement. They lead a cohort of female students striving for academic excellence. Closing the gender gap is a key priority for the Ministry, in line with President Sirleaf’s emphasis on girls’ education as a cornerstone of development. We are heartened to see that this year’s examination results show progress in this crucial area.”

A more detailed report on the results is being completed and will be posted on the Ministry’s website.

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Update: summaries of the results are available for download.

The WAEC document publishing results is available here.

2017/18 school year will begin September 4

All schools in Liberia – including public, private, faith-based and community schools, and schools within the Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) program – will open on Monday September 4, for the beginning of the 2017/18 school year.

Contrary to some false rumors, there will be no delay in the school year due to the upcoming elections. However, schools will be closed on election day, scheduled for Tuesday October 10, as some schools will be used as polling centers.

The Education Reform Act of 2011 stipulates that there must be a minimum of 200 school days each year, and this coming year will be no exception.

We will soon be releasing a detailed academic calendar for 2017/18.

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Taking Bold Action to Prepare Our Children for the Future

As the first year of the Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) program comes to a close, we at the Ministry of Education are taking stock of the successes from the pilot thus far, and working with both stakeholders across Liberia and international partners to chart the course forward.

Through the PSL program, we have partnered with eight education providers: some local, some international; some for-profit, some non-profit. Each with different models but all with proven experience delivering quality education and improving learning outcomes. During the first year, these 8 providers have operated 93 schools in 13 counties across Liberia, providing free, quality education to more than 27,000 students.

Following the first year, we’re seeing some very encouraging initial results.

According to data from an independent assessment, we’ve seen both increased enrollment and positive impacts on teacher behavior, including reduced absenteeism and greater time teaching. Teacher attendance rates are above 90% on average across all PSL schools – and are as high as 98% in the case of one provider. Teachers are also 9% less likely to be “off-task” or outside the classroom at PSL schools. These may seem like things that should be taken for granted, but they are no minor achievements.

To date, the program has also delivered much-needed resources, including desks, chairs, infrastructure, learning materials, a teacher for every classroom, and expanded teacher training opportunities. It has also generated a new appreciation for a longer school day, all without charging any fees.

Earlier this month, four of the eight providers in the PSL program released their own mid-line reports, assessing their efforts during the first year of the program and highlighting key successes in improving learning outcomes. It is deeply encouraging to see not only their commitment to measurement and evaluation but also their positive impact on crucial focus areas including literacy and numeracy, teacher training, and engagement of parents and communities in students’ learning.

Rigorous, independent measurement and evaluation has been built into the program from an early stage. We are currently awaiting the results of an independent assessment, being carried out by the Center for Global Development in partnership with Innovations for Poverty Action.

While we await those results, we will move into the second year of PSL with a modest increase in the number of PSL schools – from 93 to 200 – or about 7% of Liberia’s public schools. In the coming year, we will prioritize reaching remote regions such as the South East, which has particularly acute needs.

PSL is an innovation that has the potential to accelerate the provision of quality education and ultimately make it accessible to all Liberian students in a way it has never been before. But this program is strictly evidence-based, so we will not move forward with any large-scale expansion until we have received the completed, independent assessment and can judge the impact of PSL on the students and the school system.

As we assess what the future of PSL will look like, what remains clear is that bold action is needed if we are going to properly educate and prepare our children for the future.

PSL is one crucial piece of the puzzle, but there are many other reforms that the Ministry has put in place that are equally important. We have launched an ambitious 3-Year Plan that includes increasing professionalization of teachers and principals across the country and conducting rigorous monitoring and evaluation to ensure we stay on track to reach our goals.

We have also undertaken an aggressive project to identify and remove ghost workers from the teacher payroll. To date we have removed 1900 ghost workers, which has led to $2.5 million USD in annual savings that can be reinvested in education.

Through these reforms, we are working to truly transform our education system for the benefit of the first generation of Liberian children who have not known war or conflict. We hold the dreams and aspirations of this new generation in our hands, and it is our responsibility to ensure that they have every opportunity to succeed.

I look forward to continuing my conversations with principals, teachers, parents, community leaders, and civil society organizations across the country over the coming weeks and months to discuss how we can work together to ensure that we do not fail this or any future generation of children.

– Minister George K. Werner

Ministry of Education Welcomes Publication of PSL Providers’ Mid-Line Assessments

MONROVIA – The Ministry of Education welcomes the publication of mid-line assessments by four of the eight providers within the Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) program. The reports, released by Bridge International Academies, More Than Me, Rising Academies, and Street Child, detail the providers’ evaluations of their efforts during the first year of the PSL program and highlight key successes in improving learning outcomes.

Acknowledging the Ministry’s receipt of the providers’ reports, Minister George K. Werner said: “We are pleased to see the commitment from PSL providers to measuring and evaluating their performance. While we await the results of the independent evaluation that is currently underway, these reports provide a snapshot of the impact of providers’ efforts on crucial focus areas including academic performance, teacher training, and engagement of parents and communities in students’ learning.”

The providers’ reports can be found at the links below:

The Ministry noted that due to an agreement pre-dating the establishment of the independent evaluation protocol and in the interest of providing a preliminary assessment of how government partnerships could advance children’s learning, the Ministry partnered with Pencils of Promise and the University of Liberia to collaborate on Bridge International Academies’ report.


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