Education Minister George Werner says the Public Private Partnership (PPP) that the government is bringing to the education system is to ensure that there are qualified teachers in every classroom to educate Liberians of school going age.Defending the PPP arrangement with the Ministry of Education, he told students at the UL campus recently that the Ministry spends US$40 million a year, of which US$38 million goes to salaries.“A greater portion of this salary goes to ghost names and the government does not have the money to continue on such a path,” he said.Minister Werner said the government’s action is to get the private sector involved in helping government to monitor and take responsibility to ensure that the resources are used for the right people.He noted that students need education that will prepare them to contribute to the economy, to revive the country’s education and the economy. Minister Werner warned that if changes being developed by the government are not welcomed, those against the changes should know that with the current educational structure, their future would be at stake and unsecured.He explained that there are 1.5 million Liberian kids in the various private and public schools in places such as Grand Kru and other parts of the interior that need to be monitored.Minister Werner regretted the poor quality of teachers and the gender disparity and inequality that is prevalent, and needed to be fixed.He said the PPP arrangement does not mean that a private institution is taking over the Liberian educational system.“There are more private schools in the country and we see no reason to privatize public schools,” Minister Werner said. He reechoed the Ministry’s position that without the partnership, Liberia stands to fail to make positive changes to turn around the mess that Liberia’s education has suffered.The government of Liberia is introducing a PPP agreement that will allow a private institution to take full responsibility for payment of teachers of schools that will fall under it, and to carry out all necessary maintenance work and provide learning materials.The PPP arrangement has been criticized by some school administrators, but it is strongly supported by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Teachers threatening not to go along with the decision have also been threatened by the President with dismissal for refusing a test to determine their qualification.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Tiny Virginia Makopo, 27, faces 13 charges of indecent assault, assault and criminal injury committed against at least six students ages 13 to 15 and a 23-year-old at the school. Makopo, who said she was innocent, was freed on bail Monday. Winfrey, who was a victim of child abuse herself, promised an overhaul of the school and said she had apologized to parents. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – The former headmistress of Oprah Winfrey’s school for disadvantaged girls has denied being aware of allegations that a dormitory matron sexually assaulted and abused pupils. Winfrey announced Monday that Nomvuyo Mzamane’s contract would not be renewed, indicating that school officials had ignored complaints from the girls and tried to keep allegations of abuse from her. “Contrary to reports, I had no knowledge of abuse. I did not and would never participate in any such cover-up,” Mzamane said in a statement issued Thursday through her U.S.-based lawyer. Mzamane was suspended last month when allegations of abuse by one of the dormitory matrons surfaced. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
DONEGAL County Council has issued a warning to motorists that ice may form on some roads overnight.Inland rural areas could be affected by black ice.Drivers are warned to assume that roads are not ice free. There is also a warning of fog forming in some areas overnight, thickening by dawn. COUNCIL ISSUE ROADS WARNING AS TEMPERATURES DROP was last modified: December 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:COUNCIL ISSUE ROADS WARNING AS TEMPERATURES DROP
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, November 25, 2016 – News item on Tropical Storm Otto issued by the Bahamas Department of Meteorology Forecast Office Section, at 6am, Friday 25th November, 2016Heavy rains from Otto still affecting portions of Costa Rica and Nicaragua….At 5:00 AM EDT, the center of Otto was located near latitude 10.5 degrees north and longitude 86.9 degrees west or about 135 miles westnorthwest of Cabo Blanco Costa Rica.Otto is moving toward the west at 14mph. A faster motion toward the west-southwest is expected later today and tonight, followed by a westward motion on Saturday. On the forecast track, the center of Otto will continue to move away from the coast of Central America today.Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 60 miles per hour (MPH) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.The next news item will be issued at noon if necessary.Prepared by forecaster: Orson Nixon Related Items:
Mutual funds (MFs) ended with net purchases of Indian stocks for the second consecutive day on Thursday, after remaining net sellers for five straight days ending Sept. 12. The combined net purchase of Indian equities by MFs was about Rs 401 crore (Rs 256 crore on Thursday and Rs 145 crore on Wednesday).The two days of share purchases exceeding sales resulted in MFs narrow their net sale position, coinciding with a volatile trend during the week that saw a roller-coaster ride for the BSE Sensex.In September (till 15), MFs bought shares worth Rs 12,103 crore, but disposed off stocks worth Rs 12,540 crore, resulting in a net sale position of Rs 436 crore.In contrast, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs 473 crore on Thursday, though they bought stocks worth Rs 660.59 crore on a net basis on Friday, the day the BSE Sensex closed 186 points higher at 28,599.The secondary market is also getting touch competition from the primary market with a slew of initial public offerings (IPOs), besides debt instruments. While L&T Technology Services and GNA Axles saw oversubscription of 2.54 times and 54 times, respectively, India Inc. is also wooing investors with fixed income return options such as non-convertible debentures (NCDs).Two recent companies that offered steady return instruments were Indiabulls Housing Finance and Dewan Housing Finance (DHFL).Between June and Sept. 15, firms have raised about Rs 18,350 crore via the NCD route, according to IPO tracker Prime Database.”The NCD market is doing well as the equity market is doing very well and people are booking profits and exiting,” Ajay Manglunia, executive vice-president and head fixed income at Edelweiss Securities, told the Financial Chronicle.”They want to keep this money in NCDs that ensure the safety of their capital and are also offering 9-10 per cent returns. Most of the NCDs that have been announced are from good companies with a strong business model,” he added.
Share 00:00 /00:49 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Flickr/Kumar AppaiahDemocrats head into the next state legislative session with more influence than they’ve had in a decade, thanks to this week’s mid-term election. They picked up 12 seats in the Texas House of Representatives and two in the Senate.Last session, the Republican-led Senate passed a raft of conservative bills that were ultimately killed in the Republican-led lower chamber, run by Speaker Joe Straus, a moderate. House conservatives hoped Straus’s retirement would make it easier to name one of their own to the speakership. Sherri Greenberg, a former Democratic state representative, says Tuesday’s vote makes that less likely.“It could make a difference in having, for instance, a Republican who’s more of a moderate as speaker and to get some Democrats in the coalition to win the speaker’s race,” says Greenberg, now a professor at UT Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs.Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick had hoped to revive a number of the bills that died in 2017, such as the one relating to school vouchers. The increase in Democratic senators will make it more difficult to move legislation they oppose.