A 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)
“After the last consultation with many doctors, I’ve decided to stay away from football,” the Facebook post said. “As my time as a football player comes to an end, I would like to say few words.“I want to thank everybody for the kindness and support they have shown me in this incredible city, you will be always in my heart.”A spokesman for the club told AFP that Mahrez’s account had been hacked.“It was not a genuine post and we have been working with Facebook to get it removed,” he said.The post has apparently now been deleted.Leicester ran a feature on Mahrez on their website on Wednesday looking at the impact of the player this season, suggesting the Facebook post was a hoax.“Often found lurking on the shoulder of defenders, Mahrez has once again played his role as tormentor-in-chief for opposition players up and down the land this season,” the article said.Mahrez, 27, scored his first goal at the weekend since a protracted transfer saga over a proposed move to Manchester City, which resulted in a 10-day absence from the club.His stoppage-time free-kick rescued a 1-1 draw for the 2015/16 Premier League champions against Bournemouth.Leicester boss Claude Puel said Pep Guardiola’s City should have shown his club more respect in their late bid to sign the forward in January.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 7 – Leicester City confirmed on Wednesday that star forward Riyad Mahrez is not quitting football after a bizarre post appeared on the player’s Facebook page announcing he was retiring.The post said the Algerian was retiring after a medical consultation, prompting an outpouring of disappointment from fans but also claims it was fake.