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I remain committed to educational reform –Min. Werner

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Education Minister, George Werner
Education Minister, George Werner

MONROVIA, LIBERIA-Education Minister, George Werner, says he remains committed to reforming Liberian schools, despite resistance from critics.

Minister Werner said nothing would deter government from taking the necessary steps to improve the country’s education sector.

He said there are government school teachers who are in the habit of putting in less time, despite improvement in government school teachers’ salaries.

Mr. Werner said such practice is helping to produce students’ poor performance.

The education Minister emphasized that those who are unwilling to cooperate with the ongoing reform process will have to face out so that committed individuals can join the process.

Minister Werner made the statement Thursday, September 29, 2016 when he addressed the MICAT’s regular press briefing in Monrovia.

At the same time, Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) Superintendent, Adolphus Jacobs, says his administration has embarked on series of   measures to improve the school system.

Mr. Jacobs said, as part of the measures, deduction will be made from salaries of teachers for their lateness to and absence from class.

“We have observed that some of the teachers are in the habit of not attending classes, because they are teaching at other schools,” he said.

The MCSS Superintendent also said: “About two thousand recruits are on the stand-by to replace any teacher found in violation of the Education Ministry’s regulations.”

“Some teachers teach for only one day and run to the bank at the end of the month for salary,” Mr. Jacobs added.

The MCSS Superintendent also commented on the infamous “Super Friday,” attributing it to some teachers’ abandonment of classes on Fridays.

He said: “Hereafter, teachers will have a maximum period of seventy-two hours to do “change of grades” and vowed that unnecessary change of grade will not be allowed.”



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