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State of Nation Address: Prez. Sirleaf declares education Top Priority

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(elbcradio.com/Liberia/Jan. 26, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson-Sirleafhas declared educationas prioritynumber one on the LiberianGovernment’sdevelopment agenda.

In her state of the nation address Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Capitol, President Johnson-Sirleaf decried the continuous decline in the country’s education standard.

She said:” During the 2013/2014 School Year, the mass failure of students in public exams, including university entrances, WAEX, WASSCE, among others, was alarming.”

“Plans are underway to offer financial support to help girls willing to stay in school until they complete their secondary education,” the Liberian Leader said.

President Johnson-Sirleaf mandated the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning to work,in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, to ensure the implementation of the plan.

In another development, the Liberian Chief Executive has described corruption as a “vampire”to development and obstruction to progress in Liberia.

President Johnson-Sirleaf also said:” The fight against corruption was established as a major goal since the inception of my administration in 2006.”

She said government has made significant progress in addressing these deficiencies by establishing integrity institutions like GAC, LACC, PPCC, among others.

“The lack of systems, policies, strategies and poor compensations are root causes of the corruption menace in Liberia,” President Johnson-Sirleaf emphasized.

She, however, said government has made progress in developing the systems at public institutions at all levels.

The Liberian Leader called on the three branches of government to use radical approach to fight corruption. She said: “Development programs, better housing and wages for civil servants will remain at risk, if corruption is not eradicated.

Meanwhile, the Liberian President is calling for the speedy prosecution of persons accused of corruption in government.

As a Constitutional requirement, the President, shall, on the fourth working Monday in January of each year, present the administration’s legislative program for the ensuing session, and shall, once in a year, report to the Legislature on the state of the Republic.

 


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