The Chief Education Officer (CEO) for Grand Bassa County has called on authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE) to redouble efforts and remove ‘ghost names’ from the ministry’s payroll.
CEO Edwin S. Kwakpae, observed there are more names on the ministry’s payroll collecting pay checks monthly, yet they cannot be accounted for in the classrooms.
He told the Liberia News Agency (LINA) over the weekend that he is working on a template to establish data to know the status of teachers who are on study leave, sick leave, those that might have died and those still actively in service.
Mr. Kwapae said, upon the completion of the template, he would undertake a county tour to help rid the education sector of these ills.
CEO Kwakpae said he is appealing to authorities of the ministry to train unqualified persons who have the passion for the profession to take up rural posts due to a lack of professional teachers willing to do so.
Grand Bassa County has a total of 190 public schools with an enrollment of 47,616 students and 885 instructional staff, while there are 104 private and mission schools, with an enrollment of 59, 639 students and 938 teaching staff for the academic year 2013/2014.