first_imgNo books, chairs or desks: Students in class at the Piata Public School, Bong County, learn under the school’s only teacher and administrator, Mr. Wallee Brown.“The government, in 2018, deleted the names of three teachers from the payroll, because it said the teachers were not qualified, so I am the only one teaching all the subjects,” Mr. Brown, the school’s principal said.A Daily Observer survey conducted recently in Sanoyea District in Bong County has established that most of the public schools are “neglected with students being left to their own devices. It appears as though nobody, not even county authorities, are concerned about the dismal state of affairs of public education in the county.For example, the Piata Public School has only one instructor, Wallee Brown, 61, who is reportedly assigned as the principal and registrar, as well as a classroom teacher providing instruction from the nursery thru the sixth grade classes.“The situation has forced me to inform other pupils that are from 3rd to 6th grades are not to come to school until otherwise announced, but many of them are still forcing themselves to come, because they do not want to sit at home,” Mr. Brown said.Brown, a 1979 graduate of the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI), informed the Daily Observer that the school has enrolled 125 students, but it is currently catering to only 25 due to the “no money syndrome to encourage the students and also the teaching staff,” he said.He said he started from 1980 as a classroom teacher assigned at the school until recently, when he became the principal proper, following the dismissal of the previous principal who, education authorities claimed, was not qualified to teach.“The government, in 2018, deleted the names of three teachers from the payroll, because it said the teachers were not qualified, so I am the only one teaching all the subjects,” Mr. Brown said.The government built the Sanoyea Public School in 1973 to cater to the educational needs of school-going children. The school originally had four assigned teachers.When asked how he manages to coordinate activities of the various classes simultaneously, Mr. Brown said he sometimes requests one of the students to write the notes on the chalk-board, while he is in another class teaching or sometimes he gives the students a class assignment.He added, “sometimes I don’t visit other classes until school is over for that day.”“Looking at my age, the next academic year, I will close down the school, because I alone cannot teach from the nursery to 6th grade,” Mr. Brown said.Brown said the structure now risks total collapse judging from its dilapidated condition, noting, if the building is not renovated before the next school year, many parents may not send their children there.Piata is surrounded by six satellite villages; “a reason that gave rise to the construction of the school to provide education to the children, who are unable to walk hours to Sanoyea Town for school,” Mr. Brown said. According to him, the distance between Piata Town and Sanoyea town is about three hours’ walk.He said he has on several occasions informed the District Education Officer (DEO) Silas Juakollie about the situation at the school, “but the DEO has in return asked me to exercise patience as the Ministry of Education (MoE), and the government partners are doing everything possible to begin the employment of additional teachers.“Our public schools accommodate majority of the poor and, if we well manage the schools, many of the ‘poor people’ will have access to a reasonable level of education that would lead to an increase in the literacy rate,” Mr. Brown concluded.It can be recalled that former President Sirleaf once described the Liberian education system as a “mess” preferring instead to outsource public education to private business interests rather than training more teachers and outfitting public schools with instructional materials including the provision of laboratory and library facilities.The Bridge Project and the sex scandal ridden More Than Me project were at the time touted by Education Minister, George Werner, as successful examples of what outsourcing of public education could achieve. The results of both projects today remain at best questionable as they have failed to deliver the promised dividends.According to UNESCO public spending on education in 2017 accounted for a mere 7.0 percent of the national budget as opposed to the recommended global average of 20 per cent. This represents a rise of 5 percent from a dismal 2 per cent in 2012. This compares unfavorably to the Ivory Coast that spent 18.62 percent of its budget on public education in 2017 or to Guinea which spent 15.769 percent of its budget on public education while Liberia’s other neighbor Sierra Leone spent 19.915 percent of its budget on public education in 2017.From all indications the situation may even regress further given the current economic downslide, while hopes for an upturn in the crisis may not prove tenable, at least in the short term, according to observers.Meanwhile the Finance Ministry has announced a delay in the submission of the national budget. According to Ministry of Finance sources, this delay is because adjustments have to be made which may even require a cut in salaries of civil servants. Budgetary allocations to line ministries are expected to also be reduced. At this stage, it however remains unclear whether or to what extent the proposed cuts will affect the already low allocation to public education.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_imgWe’re into the second quarter of the Premier League season now but the excitement is never ending after more interesting results this weekend.Chelsea lost again in a game which saw Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claim his first victory, while Steve McClaren’s Jekyll and Hyde Newcastle side were denied three valuable points by a stoic Stoke.Arsenal are continuing their march to top, while Manchester City are stumbling but keep getting results to ensure they remain on top of the table.But who were the stand out stars of the weekend? Click the right arrow above to see our XI… Attacking midfield – Arouna Kone (Everton) – After a terrible time with injuries and poor form, the ex-Wigan man is finally proving why Roberto Martinez has had so much faith in him. He claimed a brilliant hat-trick and an assist as Everton beat Sunderland 6-2 and was an absolute handful for the Black Cats who couldn’t deal with him. Attacking midfield – Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) – If Jurgen Klopp’s side are going to start claiming more Premier League victories, the Brazilian must become a match-winner. Often the skilful star can go absent in games before displaying glimpses of his class. Performances like his two-goal showing against Chelsea need to happen more often. Attacking midfield – Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – Currently in his best spell as a Gunner, Ozil popped up with two more assists to add to his tally as they ran out 3-0 winners over Swansea City. Now the challenge for the German is to keep this form going. Goalkeeper – Jack Butland (Stoke). Find out who else makes the team – just click the arrow above! – The England star is in good form this season and another superb display managed to keep Newcastle out at the weekend. He pulled off a number of stunning stops to deny the Magpies and he’ll be hoping this can get him another England cap in the upcoming friendlies with Spain and France. 11 Centre-back – Nicolas Otamendi (Manchester City) – The Argentine centre-back has settled well in Manchester and grabbed the opening goal of the game at the Etihad Stadium. His defensive contribution was key though as he won five headers and made six tackles to deny Norwich City. 11 Centre-back – Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle) – In the air and on the deck, the man known as the Chancellor is becoming a reliable figure at the back for the Steve McClaren’s side. He won five aerial duels and made three tackles to keep out Stoke on Saturday, while remaining tidy in possession and managing two efforts on goal. 11 11 Defensive midfield – Etienne Capoue (Watford) – It didn’t work out for the Frenchman at Tottenham but he’s been doing a good job for the Hornets so far this season. Against West Ham he was heavily involved and impressed talkSPORT pundit and ex-Arsenal star Ray Parlour who was cooing over the midfielder’s performance. Striker – Odion Ighalo (Watford) – If the Hornets avoid relegation back to the Championship this season it will be down to their strike partnership of Ighalo and Troy Deeney. The duo work well in tandem and the Nigerian’s double, which downed West Ham, continues to show he’s one of the most clinical forward’s currently in the Premier League. 11 Defensive midfield – Fernandinho (Manchester City) – When on form, the Brazilian is one of the most formidable midfielders in the Premier League. Against Norwich City he was imperious in possession, misplacing just five of his 125 passes as Manuel Pellegrini’s men won 2-1. 11 Right-back – Seamus Coleman (Everton) – It was a brilliant team performance from the Toffees as they dispatched Sunderland 6-2 at Goodison Park but Coleman finally looks to be regaining his form after injuries hampered his progress. Left-back – Nacho Monreal (Arsenal) – Usually in the shadow of Hector Bellerin on the opposite flank, Monreal has been a solid and steady performer for Arsene Wenger this season. Against Swansea City he was exceptional going back and forward as he had three successful dribbles, won four aerial duels and put in four tackles. 11 11 11 11 11last_img read more


first_imgALL eyes might be on Galway this week, but Donegal jockey Martin Harley has been the toast of the biggest meet in England this week – Glorious Goodwood.He helped Bungleinthejungle, a 14-1 shot, produce a storming late rally to nail 2-1 favourite Morawij right on the line.His chances appeared bleak after Morawij kicked three-quarters of a length clear inside the final furlong, but the Mick Channon-trained colt refused to be denied and Harley battled back in the most valiant fashion to get the verdict by a head. It was a third Molecomb success for Channon, and a long overdue Group success in Britain for part-owner Christopher Wright, who used to regularly dine at racing’s top table.“That’s my first Group winner in England for an awful long time,” he said. “I’m thrilled.”Martin Harley, who is enjoying a magnificent season as stable jockey to Channon, said: “They went very fast early on, but Bungle Inthejungle sees out five furlongs very well. He’s tough, with a big heart, and battled on really well.“This year is going great, and big thanks to the boss, who hassupported me with plenty of rides.” From what we hear, there’s a fair few punters around Letterkenny celebrating – having put a few quid on the 14-1 shot.  GLORIOUS GOODWOOD FOR DONEGAL JOCKEY was last modified: August 1st, 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:GLORIOUS GOODWOOD FOR DONEGAL JOCKEYlast_img read more