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President Sirleaf Describes Performance of Education Ministry: Calls for Clean up and Overhaul


President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf says education is a 'big mess' and requires overhauling to meet current realities. The Liberian leader expressed disappointment with the performance of the Education Ministry in tackling major issues confronting the sector. She suggested that there will be serious overhauling at the ministry to ensure that the sector is transformed and meet future challenges. President Sirleaf spoke at a cabinet retreat last week at the Baptist Seminary outside Monrovia. President Sirleaf was so disappointed with the performance of the Education Ministry to the effect that she disregarded the presentation to find out why the ministry is not up to the task.


"I don't even want to look at those targets for the Education Ministry because they're meaningless...unless there is a complete overhaul of that ministry," the President told her cabinet.


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The Coalition for Transparency and Accountability in Education (COTAE) is consulting citizens for inputs on creating and sustaining an effective transparent education sector at the national and sub-national levels.

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Bible Remains In Curriculum: Says MOE Boss

The Government of Liberia has refuted reports by some Liberians that the Ministry of Education without any reason deleted the Bible from the National Curriculum.Officials of the Ministry attending a regular press briefing at the Ministry of Information recently, denied deleting the Bible from the Curriculum, but introduced religious and moral relationships.The MOE officials pointed out that the introduction of Religion and Moral Relationship to the curriculum provides the opportunity for everyone who wishes to teach or practice any religion instead of the Bible which only represents Christianity only.

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COTAE Launches Education Monitoring Report

The Coalition for Transparency and Accountability in Education (COTAE) has released its report on monitoring contracts and procurement in Liberia's public education sector. The project was coordinate by CENTAL and sponsored by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).



Etmonia Tarpeh Nominated as Minister of Education

The President of Liberia has appointed former Minister of Youth and Sports Etmonia Tarpeh as the Minister of Education.  Also appointed at the Ministry of Education was Mr. Henrique B. Wilson, Deputy Minister for Administration;  Dr. Mator Kpangbai, Deputy Minister for Instruction was retained and Dr. Arthur Kamuah was appointed Deputy Minister for Planning & Research. All these appointees are expected to face the Liberian Senate for confirmation.

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