The Liberian Ministry of Education has welcomed the continued backing of the Partnership Schools for Liberia (PSL) program by international donors. Nearly 60% of the Year 2 budget ($2.91million) has already been committed by donors. A pipeline for funding the remaining budget for Year 2 is in place, with the full amount expected to be raised in the coming months, once the presidential election has concluded.
The news comes alongside confirmation that all PSL providers operating the 194 PSL schools in Year 2 – a modest increase from 93 last year – will be subject to the same contract terms, as previously pledged by the Ministry.
In addition, the majority of providers have now received their first payment for Year 2, with the remaining two providers to receive their payment shortly, following their recent submission of necessary paperwork. The second payment is scheduled to be made before the year-end, as planned.
The continued commitment to education reforms in Liberia by international partners and donors has been matched by the Ministry’s establishment of an Education Delivery Unit (EDU) to ensure that a high-performing team is in place to plan and monitor the implementation of these priority reforms.
The EDU will focus on three key priorities:
1. Nationwide professionalization of teachers and principals;
2. Ensuring that 40% of schools are quality schools, including expansion of PSL to 20% of government schools and operationalization of the Global Partnership for Education Project; and
3. Improving school monitoring and accountability.
Commenting on the positive start to Year 2 of PSL, Minister of Education George K. Werner said: “PSL is now providing education to over 50,000 children who are being taught by over 1,500 teachers. After a positive start to PSL in Year 1 we have taken steps to expand the program, improve its delivery and provide stability for the longer term. It is fantastic that the efforts of the teachers, students, providers and all those supporting PSL have been recognised by our donors with their renewed backing.”
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 seven 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, providers operated 93 schools in 13 counties across Liberia, providing free, quality education to more than 27,000 students. During the second year, which began in September 2017, there has been a modest increase in the number of schools to 194, prioritizing increasing presence in disadvantaged regions such as the south-east.
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