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Home The News COTAE Trains Monitors to Track Education Budget

COTAE Trains Monitors to Track Education Budget

In the bid to effectively track and monitor the expenditure grants given to public schools by the government of Liberia across the 15 counties, COTAE has successfully trained 45 county-based monitors in the three project regions. On My 25th, monitors from region one containing Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Bomi, Margibi and Montserrado converged in Tubmanburg, the provincial capital of Bomi for a day training. Similarly, in Gbarnga, on the 27th of May, the monitors of region two containing Bong, Nimba, Grand Bassa, Lofa and Rivercess were trained. The rest of the southeastern counties of Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Sinoe, Grand Kru and Maryland May 30th took a day in Fishtown for similar exercise for region three.

 

 

Purpose of the training are:

  • Bring about active citizen monitoring aimed at following funds in the education sector to avoid corruption and misapplication
  • Ensure that the link between disbursing and spending authorities is transparent enough to allow easy tracking of budgetary transactions
  • Lead to proactive publishing of information on transactions to keep citizens abreast about disbursements made for schools and educational program and projects
  • Lead to more proactive and functional County School Boards that ensures proper oversight and rigorous engagement with the Ministry and local education officials
  • Eventually uprooting entrenched corrupt syndicates and improve educational governance and better outcome.

In the coming weeks, the monitors will be assigned to select public schools in the counties to collect information on the utilization of funds received through the Ministry of Education. The Open Society for West Africa (OSIWA) funds this initiative. The result of this survey will be used to inform decision makers and determine possible gaps in education financing.

 
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