first_imgDear Editor,I have a question and I would appreciate an answer from whoever wishes to educate me about this issue. My simple question is which political party will form the Government if after the next election, the two major parties each end up with 32 seats and another party with one seat?Ok. This number, 32, has been featured too much recently. What if the two major parties each end up with 30 seats and the other parties with a total of five seats? Which party will form the Government?Editor, pity my simplicity for asking this question which might be totally irrelevant.Regards,Wesley Kirtonlast_img read more


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_img0Shares0000Roberto Firmino has been directly involved in more goals under Jurgen Klopp than any other Liverpool playerMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 26 – Liverpool consolidated their place in the Premier League’s top four with a dominant home victory over managerless bottom side Swansea after hammering them 5-0 on Boxing Day.Philippe Coutinho’s sublime long-range finish – curled into the top corner after Mohamed Salah’s pass – opened the scoring in the sixth minute. The away side responded well and dominated possession for spells in the first half but Roberto Firmino should have doubled the lead when he dragged wide just before the break.Instead, the Brazil international put his side two goals up six minutes after half-time, firing home from Coutinho’s lofted free-kick.Nineteen-year-old full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold added a third with his first Premier League goal for the club, chasing down a loose clearance and smashing in off the bar from inside the box.Just two minutes later, Swansea self-destructed further as Salah pounced on a misplaced pass before cutting back to Firmino to tap home – then Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completed the rout by planting the ball in the net after another poor clearance.The result means Jurgen Klopp’s side reclaim fourth spot from Tottenham and restore their one-point advantage over the north London side, who briefly moved above them with a 5-2 win over Southampton in Boxing Day’s 12:30 GMT kick-off.Swansea stay bottom of the table, five points from the safety of West Ham’s 17th place.After Friday’s thrilling 3-3 draw at Arsenal, in which the Reds conceded three times in five minutes, Klopp rejected claims his side do not focus enough on defence.The Liverpool backline was not given its greatest test at Anfield on Tuesday – Swansea’s best football was played in the transition from defence to attack without actually threatening – but nor were there many instances of sloppiness or lapses in concentration.Indeed, Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet pulled off a great fingertip save to deny Tammy Abraham with the last touch of the game.Down the other end, there was much, much more of the rich and flowing offensive play that has typified the other side to the story of Liverpool’s season so far.Salah, Firmino and Coutinho interchanged at will and Swansea found their close control and trickery in the box impossible to deal with. The only problem for Liverpool was it perhaps took slightly longer than it should have done for them to reach their ruthless best.Salah, who went into this game having scored 15 goals in his previous 15 matches, was guilty of wasting several good chances before Alexander-Arnold really did open the floodgates with a third goal that left the visitors backtracking and beaten for the rest of the match.Firmino was withdrawn in the 68th minute – denied the chance of a likely hat-trick – and his replacement Dominic Solanke might have had a treble of his own, flashing his most impressive effort just wide of the post on the volley.However, the fact the England Under-20 World Cup winner failed to score his first Liverpool goal was the biggest of small problems for Klopp, who embraced the young forward with an ironic grin as they made their way off the pitch.The nightmare after ChristmasIt was always going to be a daunting task for Swansea.This was a trip to the one of the league’s top-scoring sides and their second of four matches in 10 days. The Welsh club with just three wins all season had the odds firmly stacked up in opposition.But until Alexander-Arnold’s goal – crafted from sheer desire to beat his man to the ball and profit – the Swans were actually still in it.Roque Mesa, Tom Carroll and Leroy Fer had impressed with some attractive interplay, Wayne Routledge was a threat on the wing and in the first half they were averaging about 14% more possession than Anfield’s other visitors this season.However, when Fer played the ball back to his defence without looking and found Salah instead, the game really was up. Firmino added the easy fourth, before slack defending from forward Jordan Ayew allowed Oxlade-Chamberlain a second chance to make it five.Even if his influence and potential candidacy will not be judged on this result alone, temporary player-manager Leon Britton will surely be very disappointed his side folded like they did.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more