13 February 2013

Liberia: Tension in Bomi for Teachers' Dismissal

Tension is reportedly brewing in Bomi County following the announcement of the sacking of 33 public school teachers by the Education Ministry. The mounting tension is coming from parents and guardians of students of schools whose teachers were reportedly dismissed by the ministry.

They want authorities at the Ministry to rescind their decision so as not to affect the 2012/2013academic programs of their children. According to them, it would compound the already sub-standard education system in the country if the Education Ministry's decision stood against the teachers.

They have also threatened public demonstration in Tubmanburg against the ministry in support of the teachers' return to the classroom for the betterment of their children's future.

Teachers dismissed by the ministry were all recent graduates of the Kakata Rural Teacher Training (KRTTI) in Margibi County, who have also been demanding their salaries before the Education Ministry in Monrovia.

Their dismissal was announced by the ministry in a letter dated 21 January, 2013 and handed down to Bomi County's Chief Educational Officer, Amos Folley in Tubmanburg.

Confirming the ministry's action, Bomi County's Education Officer (CEO), Amos Folley expressed regret over the decision, but said he's subject to order, informing this paper via mobile phone. Monday that the decision affected all public schools in the 4 districts of Bomi County.

"It is regrettable because both the local and international community spent money to train these people, and dropping them without immediate replacement will have an effect on the county," dejectedly Folley said.

It was not known up to press time, whether or not the dismissed public school teachers in Bomi County have been paid off.

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