Lack of Teachers Crippling Public Schools

first_imgThe 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)last_img read more


first_imgDonegal County Council has been forced to deploy a snow plough and gritter to make several trips on the back of Errigal road due to heavy snowfall there.Traffic has been reduced to one lane with the roadside coming from Letterkenny to Dunlewey particularly bad.Caution has been urged as more snow could fall on this high ground later. Snow has also reported in Gortahork and Derryconner areas. The Muckish Road to Falcarragh is impassable in places with cars being forced to turn back after attempting to travel earlier.A thaw is starting but the back of Errigal could freeze again tonight. COUNCIL FORCED TO DEPLOY SNOW PLOUGH TO BACK OF ERRIGAL ROAD was last modified: February 12th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County CouncilERRIGAL ROADsnow ploughlast_img read more

State Patrol to Buy Back Bump StocksKeith Goehner Outlines Session Work in

first_imgDistrict 6 residents can take advantage of the program in Wenatchee on March 17th-18 and in Ellenburg on March 24-25thWith the Governor’s signing of Senate Bill 5954, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) will hold its Bump Stock Buy-Back Program on March 17-18 and March 24-25. Washington State residents will have an opportunity to turn in their bump stocks before the federal law banning the devices takes effect on March 26, 2019.Bump stocks replace the standard stock and grip of a semi-automatic firearm and allow the recoil of discharge to be used to fire the gun in very rapid succession. This simulates fully automatic fire and can be inaccurate and extremely dangerous. Effective March 26, 2019, the US Department of Justice is amending the regulations of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to clarify that bump stock type devices are machine guns as defined by the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968.Machine guns are illegal in Washington and Senate Bill 5954 allows Washington residents the opportunity to turn in up to five bump stock type devices and receive $150 per device. The bill appropriates $150,000 for the program.Individuals can visit any of the WSP offices listed below on March 17-18 and March 24-25 between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM to exchange their bump stocks for a voucher. Individuals can also turn in their devices directly to the ATF or other law enforcement agencies where they will receive a written receipt. They can then bring the receipt into the WSP office listed and get a voucher for the $150.Once their voucher is processed, the WSP will mail individuals a check for $150 for each bump stock they turn in. No checks will be issued the day an individual turns in their bump stock. There is a limit of five bump stocks per individual, and all vouchers will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the $150,000 appropriated in Senate Bill 5954 has been distributed, no more funds will be available.Dates and Times March 17-18, 2019 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM District 1 – Tacoma – 2502 112th Street East District 2 – Bellevue – 2803 156th Avenue SE District 3 – Kennewick – 143302 E Law Lane District 4 – Spokane – 6403 W Rowand Rd District 5 – Vancouver – 11018 NE 51st Circle District 6 – Wenatchee – 2822 Euclid Avenue District 7 – Marysville – 2700 116th Street NE District 8 – Hoquiam – 3111 Pacific AvenueMarch 24-25, 2019 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM District 1 – Tacoma – 2502 112th Street East District 2 – South Seattle – 15666 International Blvd (detachment office) District 3 – Yakima – 2715 Rudkin Road District 4 – Spokane – 6403 W Rowand Rd District 5 – Vancouver – 11018 NE 51st Circle District 6 – Ellensburg – 291 S Thorp Hwy District 7 – Marysville – 2700 116th Street NE District 8 – Bremerton – 4811 Werner RoadCriteria Individuals must be a Washington resident (an official Washington driver’s license and/or identification card is required) Individuals must have a valid mailing address There is a limit of five bump stocks per personProcedure An individual may bring in an operable or inoperable bump stock to the listed WSP offices. An individual may also turn in the device(s) to the ATF or other law enforcement agencies to obtain a receipt. (Individuals must then bring the receipt to one of the listed WSP district office on the designated dates/times to receive a voucher for payment.) An Individual must present a valid Washington driver’s license or identification card. At the WSP office, the individual will complete a voucher form with a valid mailing address. The WSP will process the voucher for payment. The WSP will mail a check to the individual at the mailing address provided on their original voucher form.More information can be found at: read more