The Assistant Minister for Teachers’ Education at the Ministry of Education (MOE) said he has unearthed names of those he claimed are “ghosts and evil spirits” on the payroll of the Ministry of Education.
The alleged recent discovery, according to Assistant Minister Moses Blonkanjay Jackson, has resulted into making the country’s education system becoming the ‘staggering situation’ where the students are grossly affected.
The Assistant Minister vowed to bring to the attention of authorities at the Ministry of Finance and CSA what he termed as “evil spirits,” than the usual suspected “ghosts names,” that have always appeared on the payroll.
“The issue of ghost names on MOE payroll has formed part of common conversation in various circles. Unfortunately, while the MOE is chasing ghosts in the schools, there are ghosts right under its very eyes at the central offices on 3rd Street in Sinkor,” Assistant Minister Blonkanjay Jackson disclosed.
The Assistant Education Minister made the revelation Sunday, May 18, when he served as guest speaker at program marking the 14th Commencement Convocation of the Liberia Educational Action for Development (LEAD) National Teachers Training Program where 24 trainees graduated in the various methods of teaching.
He spoke on the topic, “Legacy of Liberia: Staggering Education with all Kinds of Teachers.”
The teachers’ training program is instituted by LEAD to complement government’s strive at revamping the education sector.
But in the mind of Assistant Minister Jackson, these people—who the MOE authorities claimed to be ghosts, are not ghosts, but ‘evil spirits’ that need to be uprooted entirely from the education sector.
“These evil spirits,” he observed, “go to work each working day and accomplish nothing, but to sit behind their computers, play games and watch movies until it was time to go home.”
Although they do not work, he asserted that they are on MOE payroll and receiving all their benefits; “they never miss lunch time, and they are the first to leave their respective offices each day; they never get deleted from the payroll, because they are not considered to be ghosts.
“Unfortunately,” he said, “some officials from the Civil Service Agency (CSA) and the Ministry of Finance’s paymasters, who have no clue of the excruciating pain that our poor teachers go through to get on payroll, think it is funny to withhold teachers’ checks or delete their names, because they are not physically present at a time and place to answer to roll call.”