Bong Teachers Irate over CEO’s Reassignment

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The reassignment of the Bong County Education Officer, Samuel Bondo, to take the same post in Rivercess County has more than 500 Bong County teachers in an outrage, swearing to “not cooperate” with any Chief Education Officer that is “imposed” on them by the Ministry of Education.
Education Minister George Werner on Tuesday August 18, informed local educational authorities in Bong County that the Ministry has ruled out the likelihood to assign Bondo, a former lawmaker of the county, as its Chief Education Officer (CEO).
The Ministry of Education (MOE) recently appointed Mr. Bondo as CEO for Bong, but his induction program was cut off at the last minute on Friday August 7, for what the Ministry termed as, “holding special consultation with CEO Bondo.”
During his recent visit to Gbarnga on Tuesday last week, Minister Werner told journalists the decision to appoint Bondo as CEO was an “oversight by the MOE.”
He said Bondo has been asked to take an assignment in River Cess County as CEO or remain at the Ministry as “Legislative Consultant,” but not as CEO for Bong.
“The Ministry is sending a new CEO to Bong, rather than Mr. Bondo,” Minister Werner clarified to local education officials.
As part of his visit, the Minister was to tour the Chief Compound Public School to acquaint himself with conditions of the school, but the tour was cut short when security assigned to him hinted that the environment was not safe to hold any discussion on education, particularly with reference to the appointment of the county’s former lawmaker.
A District Education Officer (DEO) in the county, who asked not to be named, said more than 500 public school teachers had gathered on the Dolokelen Gboveh High School’s Campus to meet with Minister Werner to get further clarification concerning the withdrawal of the CEO and the cancellation of the subsequent induction program.
The DEO maintained that when security guards assigned to the Minister was alerted that the teachers at the Gboveh High School were on their way to the local education office on the Lofa Road where the Minister was, Minister Werner was advised by his security to cut his meeting short for fear of being attacked by the irate teachers.
According to a cross section of public school teachers, who spoke to this newspaper, the sole objective of the Minister’s visit to Gbarnga was to explain to them why the induction ceremony of Mr. Bondo was abruptly cancelled.
They told the Daily Observer that Minister Werner was due in Gbarnga on Monday August 17 to meet with them but the visit was delayed for a day, for reasons they claimed were not explained.
“We will not work with anybody that the Ministry will impose on us. If the Ministry forces any CEO on us, we will not cooperate,” the teachers who were shouting over their shoulders, vowed.
Mr. Bondo has meanwhile described the sudden annulment of his induction ceremony as “politically motivated,” and has promised not to take assignment in River Cess County as suggested by the MOE.

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