Corruption Dragnet – Ministry of Education Caught Pants Down

by The People News
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Monrovia – With funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Education has, in a crookery manner, begun the implementation of the Educational Stipend Cash Transfer Program to Support 12th Graders Sitting the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) in Liberia.

According to a statement released by USAID, “the program funded by USAID will provide a one-time cash stipend of approximately US$50 to all 12th grade students from public and private schools in Liberia’s fifteen counties who are registered to take the Exams. Some forty-two thousand 12th graders are eligible to receive the stipends to help them meet the cost of transportation to school, as well as their daily food and other basic needs as they prepare for the Exams, which are being administered from August 17 to September 2, 2020.”

Instead of sending the full US$50 as announced by USAID, the Ministry of Education is now reportedly  sending L$5,000 of this money to each 12th grade student.

All attempts to contact the Ministry of Education was fruitless.

Pundits believe the latest action is a clear indication that the Weah-led government is prepared to go at any length to ensure the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) candidate is elected Senator of Montserrado County in the upcoming midterm senatorial election scheduled for December 8.

The present wave of corruption in public office is unprecedented in Liberia. However, corruption is not new to the government headed by ex-Soccer Star George M. Weah

The Weah-led government boasts a well-established tradition of corrupt behaviour as Ministers and other Officials of Government have presided over wanton robbery of the public purse.

In September 2018, a shipping containers filled with 16 billion newly printed Liberian dollars from Swedish banknote manufacturer Crane AB disappeared in thin air without trace.

Again, in July 2018, the minister of Finance, Samuel Tweah, spearheaded the total mismanagement of 25m US dollars cash intended to mop up the excess liquidity of Liberian dollars injection into the economy, with both the Presidential Investigative Team (PIT) and Kroll reports finding major flaws, among others.

One would have thought that the Weah-led government would want to break from its tradition of corruption, and listening to President Weah pronouncements to end corruption in Public Service at his swearing-in, many Liberians expected honesty and transparency from the new Government. Instead, what we have experienced is an Administration that has taken corruption to an unprecedented level.

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Adonis F Kai August 23, 2020 - 9:49 am

USAID should has compreciate private schools teachers across the country than students because during CoVD19, they were not and their families were strives many days. Secondly they are impactors and they are suffering along their families do you think, they will works as excepted, no.

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Adonis F Kai August 23, 2020 - 9:53 am

USAID should has compreciate private schools teachers across the country than students because during CoVD19, they were not and their families were strives many days. Secondly they are impactors and they are suffering along their families do you think, they will works as excepted, no. I appreciated her enforces to help Liberia’s students (12th graders). I am also asking USAID to think on private schools teachers.

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Favour Harris August 23, 2020 - 5:03 pm

The president of Liberia President George manneh weah you are doing very well may you read forever you will continue to be the best president and liberians love you with all our💓💙💐 heart thank you for doing what you are doing and what God will need you to do God is always with you he would take care of you he will give you more wisdom president weah we the citizen of liberia we love you thank you your majesty

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Charles K. Koilor August 24, 2020 - 1:47 pm

President Weah government is the most corrupt government in the modern history of Liberia 🇱🇷, bad government. We will make sure that this government will go to prison after their period. They are only after enriching their life and the missives are dying.

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Emmanuel Garteh August 24, 2020 - 7:33 pm

Liberia is always Liberia. The attitudes of our leaders will never change. But God is in control of everything.

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VARNEY M. KAMARA August 26, 2020 - 7:12 pm

Thanks to USAID for their kindness towards our students. But I recommend that USAID also give a helping-hand to the PTA or Volunteer Teachers in our schools

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