Sex, Money, Work for Grades Higher than 24 Percent

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A National Integrity Barometer (NIB), a consortium of integrity based institutions, has released its 2013 survey report rating the education sector 4th place in corruption.

The survey also rated Judiciary first place, Civil Protection second and the Health sector third.

The NIB survey assessed the public's experience of corrupt practices in Liberia regarding service delivery in the health, business, education, judiciary and civil protection sectors.

Presenting the survey report on Thursday, December 19, at the Royal Grand Hotel in Monrovia, Dr. Geetor S. Saydee, Advisor, Barometer Report Steering Committee said, “The survey results observed that over 38 percent of public school students interviewed admitted to paying extra money as registration fees at public schools.

The survey  also revealed  that sex for grades  is higher than 24 percent. A number of respondents agreed that teachers sometimes asked for sex in exchange for grades.

Twenty-nine percent agreed that they sometimes gave money to teachers in exchange for grades. According to Mr. Saydee the field research established that 28.2 percent of respondents agreed that they sometimes work for their teachers in exchange for make ups or as benefits to teachers.

During the launch of the report, Mr. Raymund Johansen, Deputy Team Leader for the Democracy and Governance section at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), said much work still needs to be done in order to put an end to corruption in the country.

He pledged his country's support to remain committed in fighting against corruption in the country. Fighting against corruption in Liberia will help to put the country on the right path, he added.

At the same time Mrs. Elizabeth Sele-Mulbah Commissioner, Governance Commission described her dissatisfaction with corruption having taken over the country.

Discussing how to put stop corruption in the country Mrs. Mulbah said the commission has designed the code of conduct to reduce corruption in the corruption.

She however appealed to Liberians to work together in reducing high rate of corruption in the country.

“We have to start to think and act on how to reduce corruption in various areas,” she added.

She disclosed that the commission is also working on fact sheets that will be translated in all of Liberia's dialects to educate the people on how to reduce corruption in the country.

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