LIBERIA RUNS TO PRIVATIZE EDUCATION SECTOR

LIBERIA RUNS TO PRIVATIZE EDUCATION SECTOR

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LIBERIA RUNS TO PRIVATIZE EDUCATION SECTOR

– Liberian Government Moves to Privatize Basic Schools

– Government Partners with Kenya on Schools Rehabilitation

LIBERIA RUNS TO PRIVATIZE EDUCATION SECTOR

LIBERIA RUNS TO PRIVATIZE EDUCATION SECTOR
President Ellen Sirleaf

The government of Liberia has revealed plans to hand all nursery and primary schools over to private individuals, companies and charities.

Assessing a first grade lesson at a primary school on Somalia Drive in Morovia, the country’s capital, it was gathered that urgent changes have to be put in place.

In a classroom, around 50 students were seen as some had to remain on their feet because they lacked chairs.

The teacher on the other hand could barely be heard beyond the noise in the overcrowded room. Moreover, there were no teaching aids.

LIBERIA RUNS TO PRIVATIZE EDUCATION SECTOR

The education system of the country had already been tagged “a mess” by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in 2013. As of then, all 25,000 high school graduates failed the University of Liberia’s entrance examination.

LIBERIA RUNS TO PRIVATIZE EDUCATION SECTOR
Mr. George Werner

On his own part, the Minister of Education, George Werner has reportedly been sourcing means to effect amazing changes so that the country’s educational sector would soar among other outstanding ones in Africa.

He admits that the system is faulty and has been “in a state of decay for the last three decades” because of incessant conflicts and the recent Ebola epidemic.

According to him, “This doesn’t mean that our children are not bright; rather the system is failing them.”

LIBERIA RUNS TO PRIVATIZE EDUCATION SECTOR
Kids at School

He claimed that a long-term gradual plan with the government in charge was not going to solve the problems.

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Hence, in laudable project to commence in September, 50 out of 5,000 primary schools in the country  will be taken over by a Kenyan-based Company, Bridge International Academies.

As alleged, education will remain free for the parents to “afford”, but the government will not be responsible for the administration of the schools.

According to BBC, Bridge International Academies, which has 359 schools in Kenya and seven in Uganda, has said that “the people of Liberia deserve better” than a system where only a fifth of primary school children finish secondary school.

LIBERIA RUNS TO PRIVATIZE EDUCATION SECTOR