More than 3,000 teen students beginning today are expected to be paid L$4,100 each as their ‘endurable wage’ for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s 5-day back-to-school -clean-up initiative, which began on last Monday. It ended last Friday.
The virtually youthful workers will be paid through mobile money, and payment might possibly end on Wednesday, February 4.
The Project Coordinator of the President’s Back-to-School Clean-up initiative, Samuel K. Mappy, IV, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview last Thursday that the Youth and Sports Minister, Lenn Eugene Nagbe, is exerting every effort to ensure that all the recruited students are compensated latest by Wednesday.
According to Mr. Mappy, Minister Nagbe and his lieutenants have begun an on-the-spot verification of cell numbers of the students alongside the mobile money agents at the five zones comprising 38 work locations.
“Minister Nagbe and his team were at the Bushrod Island; Deputy Youth Minister Saah N’tow went to Sinkor-Tubman Boulevard,” Mr. Mappy noted. He added: “The Comptroller of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Hilary Sackie, was in Central Monrovia and the Assistant Minister for Technical and Vocational Education, Boikai Jaleiba, was on Somalia Drive.”
Mr. Mappy is also the National Coordinator for the Cadet Program at the Youth and Sports Ministry.
When contacted the Director for Press and Public Affairs at the Youth and Sports Ministry, M. MaCaulay Paykue, said they are optimistic that this year’s Back-to-School pay day will be free of inadvertent omission of some students’ names on the pay roll.
Mr. Paykue indicated that the Minister and some of his deputies and assistant ministers would continue their on-the-spot verification for the process to begin smoothly and end happily.
The campaign is intended to motivate the students as well as help parents and guardians prepare their children and wards for the reopening of school as the Ebola crisis winds down.
The initiative was organized and implemented by the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
The students were recruited week before last from 38 communities through a lottery (a secret ballot of either a blank paper or a paper with the inscription ‘job’).
The fixed ages of the work-to-study students are between 15 and 21 years and they are 6th to 12th graders.
According to the recruitment method, 48% of those recruited are boys, 47% girls and 5% disabled. Each center recruited 78 students.
The recruitment was divided into five zones: Bushrod Island, Somalia Drive, Tubman Boulevard, Paynesville and Central Monrovia.
Each zone has at least eight centers (schools), a supervisor, monitor and at most two registrars.