Bong Gets New Chief Education Officer

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Mr. Koenig addresses the recent launch of Learning Links in Gbarnga.

Authorities at the Ministry of Education (MoE) have appointed Samuel Y. Koenig as the Chief Education Officer (CEO) of Bong County. His appointment takes immediate effect.

Koenig replaces Edward Kpulun, who was dismissed in March for what the MoE termed as “financial malpractices and poorly administering the office of the CEO.”

According to Koenig’s letter of appointment dated October 26, 2017, a copy of which is in the possession of this newspaper, he was hired based on his “qualifications, years of experience, and performance” while serving as acting county chief education officer for the county following the dismissal of Kpulun.

The letter advises Koenig to collaborate with other education stakeholders to improve the Bong County school system.

“It is expected that you will perform your duty with a high degree of dedication, commitment, and professionalism as CEO,” the letter said.

Prior to his appointment, Koenig served as district education officer for Salala School District in Bong.

According to his new portfolio, Koenig will supervise Bong County’s eight education districts and report to Dr. Romelle A. Horton, Deputy Education Minister for Instruction.

Upon receiving his letter of appointment, Koenig promised to uphold the policies and laws governing the country’s education system.

He said that his priority is to cooperate with all education stakeholders to design strategies on how to improve the education system.

“No one has a monopoly over knowledge. We will work with all stakeholders through sharing of ideas to see how we can advance the education system,” he stated.

Teachers and principals assigned with the Gbarnga School District have welcomed Koenig’s appointment, and described him as a dutiful and committed civil servant who, prior to his appointment, helped some volunteer teachers to be placed on the MoE’s payroll, thereby curtailing the problem of irregular teachers in schools, particularly in the public high schools.

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