The campus of New Yourpea Public School where there are reports of a shortage of teachers in spite of enrolment soaring from 315 to 500.Many public schools in Nimba County are reportedly short of teachers to meet the demands of ever increasing student population in the country spurred by government’s compulsory primary education policy.It is reported that in Buuyao Electoral District #5, school age children often loiter during class hours because, according to some of the parents, “the children do not have teachers and so they are free to roam about.”“We do not have teachers to teach us, this is why you see us outside of the classrooms,” some of the students attending the Teahplay Public School told the Daily Observer during a recent tour.“We have four teachers assigned to this school, but only two of them are on government payroll. Sometimes we sit in the class the whole day without any of them around,” a student claimed.Most of the schools the Daily Observer visited were crowded, but lacked enough teachers to keep the pupils busy with schoolwork.At Gblarlay Public School, for example, student enrolment is about 400, but with just one government paid teacher. The five volunteers are not regular because they are not given any incentive, they said.“The L$1,000 the community promised to give us is not forthcoming since the first period. It has caused most of the volunteers to stop coming to school,” said Napoleon Brewer, a student-volunteer at Gblarlay.In Beo Bleemieplay Town, parents are complaining of the limited number of teachers which they said is hampering the children’s learning process.“The government makes us force our children to attend school under the compulsory primary education policy but there are no teachers assigned to instruct them,” said Ma Nancy, one of the parents.“Most of the government assigned teachers are from the communities where they teach, a situation that makes it very hard to get the kind of cooperation the residents will need from them,” one of the teachers from New Yourpea Public School observed.When contacted, Nimba County Education Chief Officer (CEO) Moses Dologbay said the government is not recruiting teachers, but is rather updating its payroll system to absorb the qualified volunteered teachers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…begs Magistrate for bailA porter attached to August Beverages located on Norton and Green Streets, Georgetown could face prison time if found culpable of a robbery under arms charge.Akeem Sinclair, of Lot 237 Lodge Housing Scheme, Georgetown, denied the allegation when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday.The charge stated that on July 29, 2018 in the vicinity of Longden Street, Georgetown, while Sinclair was in the company of another and being armed with a gun, he robbed money changer Ricford Richardson of $120,000.The prosecution is contending that on the day in question, the defendant went to Longden Street, Georgetown where the Virtual Complainant (VC) operated a money-changing business and demanded that he handed over his cash.The court heard that the accused then brandished a gun and shot the victim once to his lower body. It was after the shots were fired that the VC being fearful for hisAkeem Sinclair bows his head as he is escorted to prisonlife, handed over the money. Sinclair then escaped on a waiting motorcycle.The injured money changer was picked up by public-spirited persons and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted as a patient.In a bail application on his own behalf, Sinclair told Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan that he was picked up by a friend, who offered him a ride home. “I didn’t know, me ain’t know nothing,” he exclaimed.Moreover, the young man pleaded with the Magistrate to be lenient with him, since he was a first-time father with a one-week-old baby.The Prosecutor objected to bail, and his submission was upheld by the Chief Magistrate. The case will continue on August 31, 2018.