-60% Of Liberia’s Primary School Students Overage
-US Govt’ Report
Cleaning up the “mess,” as observed in Liberia’s education sector by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf some two years ago, appears to be an daunting task for the ongoing reform efforts. With claims of a host of bad practices, including massive academic corruption, involving both teachers and students across the country in a recent Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission’s report, indications are that fixing the problems in a set time-frame will continue to be an up-hill battle for the Liberian Government and its rekated partners. Now as the Public Agenda Reports, a United States Department of State Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2014 in the country has revealed that an estimated staggering 60 percent of children in primary school grades one to six in Liberia are over age 12.
-LTA Boss, Weeks
-Recommends Integrity As Cure
The second ever Executive Chairperson of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority, Ms. Angelique Weeks, has observed that even though Liberians have succeeded in putting their lives back together and reintegrating the country into the global community, after ten years of sustaining peace, the issue of corruption yet “remains a serious element that continues to derail and undermine collective efforts being made to regain our sanctity of trustworthiness and credibility, not only at home but also abroad,” something which, according to her, “has beclouded our national efforts to enhance a system of financial accountability and taint our record of fiscal discipline.”
The Executive Director of a local non-government organization, “Touching Humanity In Need of Kindness” (THINK), Glaypohkpay Rosana Dennis HungerpillerSchaack has received Leadership in Overcoming Obstacles to Peace (LOOP) Award in Denver, Colorado the United States
of America this year.
Speaking to a team of journalists at her office in Paynesville, Madam Schaack expressed happiness for the award and noted that that the work of THINK and my personal life has been a testimony for overcoming obstacles to peace.
-HOR Summons President
By A. Omaska Mark
For the first time in Liberia’s nearly 167 years of national existence as an independent country, members of the House of Representatives have summon democratically elected President, Madam Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, to answer to the charge of ‘Legislative Contempt,’ for what they called her blatant impeding of their function, based on Article 43 of the Revised Liberian Constitution of 1986.
-Pregnant Women, Babies Being Arrested, Tortured
-State Securities Accused
State Security personnel have been accused of indiscriminately chasing, arresting and torturing peaceful citizens of Butaw District in Sinoe County, including pregnant women and babies, following the May 26 violence and vandalism on the premises of the oil-palm concession, Golden Veroleum.
A strongly worded statement issued by Butaw citizens residing in Monrovia and signed by Dr. Thomas G. Koon, said “this situation is totally unacceptable, and moreover has the propensity to not only reduce the morale of Butaw citizens, but undermines the peace and tranquility of Sinoe in particular, and the entire nation as well,” especially so as Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties are expected to jointly host the 167th observance of Liberia’s independence this year.
-Reconstructs 600 Meter Quay
The Managing Director of the APM Terminals, George G. Adjei, has disclosed that in compliance with his company’s concession agreement with the Liberian Government, it has reconstructed and delivered a new functional 600 meter quay, with a 50-year warranty, adding that the project was completed three months ahead of schedule, at a cost of fifty million United States dollars (US$50m).
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has held a major meeting with stakeholders in the educational sector. She was joined by Education Minister George Werner and Deputy Education Minister for Instructions, Dr. Romell Horton.
- Says Management
The Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC), has clarified that only one of its projects, ‘Reducing Hunger in Rural Areas of Liberia’ (RHRAL), will phase out shortly, and not its entire operations.
In its Friday, June 26, 2015 news cast, the Liberia News Agency inadvertently reported that Brac was closing all its facilities in Liberia at the end of June 2015.
The World Food Program (WFP), has promised continuous support towards Liberia’s school feeding program, and livelihood with special emphasis on women in rural communities.
Presenting his Letter of Appointment, on Monday, June 29, 2015, WFP’s Representative designate to Liberia, Sory Ibrahim Ouane, pledged to strengthen the collaboration between the Program and the Government of Liberia, by providing support towards the school feeding program, and supporting livelihood with special emphasis on women in rural communities.
The Liberian National Red Cross Society, with support from the International Committee of the Red Cross, for the first time ever, has participated in military exercises conducted by the Armed Forces of Liberia. The exercise links the two organizations as national responders.
Code named “Watch Over IV,” the exercise aims to practice the Armed Forces of Liberia, Liberia National Police, Immigration, Fire Service and Drug Enforcement Agency in internal security operations, as the Liberian security sector prepares for the United Nations Mission in Liberia drawdown in June 2016.