first_imgA disturbing development with unprecedented consequences in Education ever since Minister Werner took the realms of office is looming and if caution is not taken, the doors of public schools will be shut until something is done about it. He came into the Ministry with the tacit belief that he alone knows the answers to all the problems in Education. He ignored the National Education Plans put together by previous Ministers who are distinguished Educators-Dr Kandakai, Othello Gongar, Dr Korto and Mrs Tarpeh. All of these people did their best to revamp the system but the bottom line was always the lack of funds to do the job to bring about change.Our current Minister, having returned from USA believes he has all the solutions and can move Education from what he describes as FROM THE MESS TO THE BEST. How presumptuous is he?It is always a good thing to aim at the sky and to be ambitious; but Education is so important that no individual can claim the monopoly of knowledge to manage it.Since his tenure in office, Minister Werner has waged a war of words on teachers who can make the best of plans fail or succeed. Instead of encouraging and mentoring them, he has targeted them for humiliation, dismissal, outsourcing of pre-primary and primary schools in order to reduce the wage bill and handover public education gradually to business companies in USA and UK. Due to pressure, he has roped in local providers and faith-based institutions who have always been running schools in Liberia. Mr Minister claims the teachers are illiterate, some untrainable. The Ministry has developed a code of ethics for teachers without the involvement of teachers on the assumption that teachers are the only people responsible for all the failures of Education in Liberia. Reading through the Code of Ethics, one is prone to believing that teachers in Liberia are a bunch of criminals, involved in gang raping, gangsterism, school girl pregnancies, chronic absenteeism without good cause etc. Indeed this man must be coming from another planet.In his problem analysis, Minister Werner admits that 30 percent of teachers are without training. In Nimba, he posits that 48percent of teachers are without certification. In rural areas he claims a third of teachers are illiterate. Teacher attendance in school is poor with some teachers unpaid, names deleted on payroll, unapproved volunteer and community teachers, ghost teachers ostensibly recruited by the very Ministry of Education, teachers travelling long distances to get pay cheques. He also admits that his Ministry does not have the capacity to monitor and evaluate teacher and school effectiveness. Furthermore, the Minister admits that teachers are demotivated with no incentives to attract and retain qualified ones.Instead of tackling these problems, Minister Werner, under the influence of business organisations and the World Bank who pose as messiahs of Privatisation, have chosen the easier but unsustainable option of an unprecedented whole sale outsourcing of pre-primary and primary education, because of the number of students involved for profit making.With a United Kingdom adviser to Minister Werner, provided by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Minister has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Bridge International Academies. We understand that Bill Gates and other billionaires are supporters of enterprises such as Bridge Academies and other education service providers whose motive is not philanthropic, but purely profit making. The fact that they provide already made lessons, encrypted in tablets and supplied to teachers, majority of whom are ill-trained or non- professionals, does not guarantee the intended educational objectives. Their sole emphasis is on literacy and numeracy but these alone cannot guarantee effective educational outcomes. Education goes beyond reading and writing and Minister Werner should know that.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Charlie McConalogue has joined the thousands of teachers protesting in Dublin today against cuts to frontline education services.More than 2,000 teachers marched outside the Dáil today to voice their anger at cuts to school resources and teacher numbers, as well as unreasonable cuts to the pay of newly qualified teachers.Deputy McConalogue said, “In just one budget, this government broke a series of promises it made to teachers, students, parents and children.  Resources for the children who are most in need of support have been cut.  Small schools have been targeted for sweeping cuts to staffing levels and threatened with closure. “Third level students are being landed with a series of increases in fees.  And newly qualified teachers are being hit with a disproportionate and deeply unfair cut to their pay.“I strongly believe that frontline education services must be protected, particularly at a time when we need to foster sustainable economic growth.  While everyone understands the strain on the public finances, nothing will be solved by targeting the classroom and expecting children to bear the brunt of cuts,” said Deputy McConalogue. McCONALOGUE JOINS TEACHERS’ DUBLIN PROTEST OVER EDUCATION CUTS was last modified: October 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:McCONALOGUE JOINS TEACHERS’ DUBLIN PROTEST OVER EDUCATION CUTSlast_img read more

first_img You, an astronomer: Look at this majestic black hole!Me, a birder: oh. oh no pic.twitter.com/yZT97JKFZO— Rosemary Mosco (@RosemaryMosco) April 10, 2019 Online Sci-Tech Cosmic dead ringers: 27 super strange-looking space objects 0 #BlackHole Katamari sun pic.twitter.com/YZqFRIT6wN— marisa losciale (@marisalosc) April 10, 2019 First-ever photo of a Black Hole (2019)Captured by Event Horizon Telescope.TWIN PEAKS. Part 8. “Gotta Light?” (2017)Directed by David Lynch.#EHTBlackHole #M87 #NASA #TwinPeaks pic.twitter.com/YO48WPQi3y— Black Lodge Cult (@BlackLCult) April 10, 2019 Now playing: Watch this: used Photoshop’s shake reduction filter on the Black Hole photo and was amazed by the result#EHTBlackHole pic.twitter.com/RLBPyuIx3T— Paul Scott Canavan (@abigbat) April 10, 2019 How black holes swallow light, warp space-time and blow… But the black hole is giving us more than just the evil eye. It also resembles certain breakfast foods. Artist Paul Scott Canavan says he used Photoshop’s shake reduction filter to clarify the picture. What he got was a cosmic doughnut. This photo of the black hole is awesome, but wait… Enhance! Hmm, enhance! One more time, enhance! Whoa. The biggest Cinnamon Raisin Bagel in the world, and it’s still hot! #EHT #EventHorizonTelescope pic.twitter.com/aPDVtLHF2u— Gabor Heja (@gheja_) April 10, 2019 Space So, here’s the first photo ever taken of a black hole. And also here’s the album cover for Soundgarden “Superunknown”, which contained the song “Black Hole Sun” 🤯#EHTBlackHole pic.twitter.com/m7zUQYIUmR— José Morales-González (@josemorgo) April 10, 2019 Share your voice Twin Peaks fans found a parallel image in director David Lynch’s return series. I see Disney’s remake of THE BLACK HOLE has finally escaped development hell. pic.twitter.com/YZMlGFqCUT— Phillip Bastien (@PABastien) April 10, 2019 Science cartoonist and author Rosemary Mosco is a birder. She sees a bird’s eye. 6:32 Enlarge ImageOn April 10, Event Horizon Telescope researchers unveiled the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow.  National Science Foundation Behold the majesty of science. We’ve just seen the first ever image of a black hole. Now let’s make silly jokes about it.The Event Horizon Telescope project, which consists of an international network of radio telescopes, revealed a mind-blowing glimpse of an actual black hole on Wednesday. It looks like a fuzzy lopsided circle with a gradation of red, orange, yellow and white colors with a dark center.    The black hole picture is shaping up to be a Rorschach test. What you see will depend on your hobbies and interests, and just how hungry you are when you’re looking at it. Originally published April 10, 8:48 a.m. PT. Update, 2:23 p.m. PT: Added Google’s black hole doodle.   System administrator Gabor Heja went in a less sugary direction and discovered the black hole is actually the biggest cinnamon raisin bagel in the world, and it’s still hot. Google couldn’t resist getting in on the fun. It launched a Google Doodle featuring an animation of the black hole sucking down the Google letters.googledoodleblackholeEnlarge ImageGoogle unveiled an animation of the black hole in action. Google screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET Children of the ’90s now all have the 1994 Soundgarden hit Black Hole Sun stuck in their heads. Twitter user José Morales-González noticed a certain likeness between the Event Horizon image and the cover for Soundgarden’s Superunknown album. Rumors of a reboot of Disney’s 1979 sci-fi flick The Black Hole are getting a fresh look. “I see Disney’s remake of The Black Hole has finally escaped development hell,” tweeted screenwriter Phillip Bastien. Firefox communication design lead Sean Martell noticed a very familiar logo lurking in the black hole’s bright circle. 27 Photos Tags So NASA finally let us see what a #BlackHole looks like and it was the Eye of Sauron this whole time. pic.twitter.com/0QYJtsi20j— Andrew Athias (@AndrewAthias) April 10, 2019 Post a comment If you’ve ever played the Katamari Damacy games, you’ll appreciate this joke: At first glance, every hobbit-loving Lord of the Rings fan noticed the black hole’s resemblance to the Eye of Sauron. They’ve found our origins, @Firefox. #EHTBlackHole pic.twitter.com/3k0IqjNXsZ— mart3ll+ (@mart3ll) April 10, 2019last_img read more