The Ministry of Education (MOE) over the weekend began the disbursement of over US$ 1.9 million to 2,500 public schools across the country.
The money is to among other things enable school authorities procure instructional materials without waiting for government to initiate the process.
According to the Director for Instruction at the Ministry of Education, David W. Basay, the disbursement of said fund is currently going on among public schools throughout the 15 counties.
He made the disclosure recently at the Ministry of Information regular press briefing in Monrovia.
He said the decision to distribute the money to school authorities throughout the country was reached based on the delay in the reopening of schools this year, as a result of lack of instructional materials.
He then noted that the MOE will play a monitoring role in the implementation of the money.
He disclosed further that the new public schools management system is to decentralize the procurement of instructional resources which has been centralized over decades.
Mr. Basay also noted that the MOE has trained over 2,560 school teachers and administrators in the area of school management, preparation of school budget, among others.
Director Bassa disclosed that 41 schools are under construction while 16 have already been completed in seven of the 15 counties. Those counties are Grand Cape Mount, Bong, Bomi, Rivercess, Grand Bassa, Margibi and Montserrado.
He noted that 10 schools are going through substantial completion routines, while the rest are expected to be completed by June, next year in the remaining counties.
Meanwhile Mr. Basay said those decisions taken and implemented by the MOE are well on course in keeping with policies of the Agenda for Transformation.
In a related development, the Ministry says since the coming to power of the Unity Party-led government, it has constructed about 16 schools in seven of the 15 counties.
According to Mr. Basay, the schools are in Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Bong, Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Margibi counties.
Basay indicated that the schools, which construction started more than two years ago, are part of the 41 institutions the government plans to construct in all 15 counties.
He said as part of the construction exercise, 10 additional schools are nearing completion. The rest, he said would be completed in the remaining counties by June, next year.
Basay noted that furniture for all completed schools are available, and that 12 teachers Housing Units have also been completed and furnished.
“This is to ensure that teachers who are being assigned in rural areas can be rest assured that they would be provided some incentives,” he pointed out.
Meanwhile the Ministry has said it would begin distributing 3.8 million learning materials to schools throughout the country by next month.
According to Mr. Basay, one million text books are earmarked for grades 5 to 9, while 1.3 million readers for grades 1 to 4 and over 1.5 million instructional materials for grades 1-9.
He noted that the training of 2,560 school principals and school management teams has been completed and accounts opened for the disbursement of direct school grants to public education schools.
“We want to make sure that those textbooks go with the school curriculum and our kids can now relate to what they read,” Basay said.