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Water, sanitation asset in school is imperative-Edu. Ministry

Patrick Flomo/Benjamin S. Taingay
Minister of Education, George Werner
Minister of Education, George Werner

(elbcradio.com/Aug. 18, 2015)-The Education Ministry says investment in water and sanitation facilities in schools is very imperative.

The Ministry said the importance of WATSAN facilities in schools was highlighted by lessons learnt from the Ebola crisis.

It also said girls, in particular, are negatively impacted by the lack of latrines at schools.

The assertions are contained in a nine-count priority document for the period, 2015-2017, to improve the education system.

According to the document, teachers and well-designed schools, with adequate facilities, are key to improving the quality of education.

The Ministry said of the more than 4,000 schools in the 2014 School Census, less than forty percent of them have solid structures. The Education Ministry assured that government will ensure that school infrastructure meet the needs of children.

A the same time, the Ministry of Education says it will build 34 Basic Education Schools and a further 49 primary schools across Liberia.

“The schools will be built in the most populated school districts at an estimated cost of US$30-million,” it noted.

The ministry is currently holding consultations with stakeholders and the National Legislature as part of efforts to finalize its priorities for 2015-2017 to improve the nation’s educational system.

 


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