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CEO Says Biometric Exercise Costly For Rural Teachers
By Chris Nyenapee, Grand Gedeh County Correspondent

ZWEDRU CITY, May 7 (LINA) - The County Education Officer (CEO) for Grand Gedeh, Rev. Harrison Darwolor, has said asking teachers to travel to Monrovia to do biometric registration was “very costly” and time consuming.

He said requesting a teacher or other workers to travel 385 miles to do biometric processing brings hardship, and therefore needs to be reviewed to reduce the suffering of the poor teachers.

CEO Darwolor made the observation during a line ministries and agencies of government briefing session with Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister Lewis Browne during his nation-wide assessment tour to the county.

Hee disclosed that there are a total of 31 teachers whom the Civil Service Agency (CSA) wants to travel to Monrovia to confirm their status or be deleted from the government payroll at a time when schools are in session.

“But what is most disheartening,” CEO Darwolor continued, “is that these are teachers have been around for a long time. What will happen to the classes they teach?” he asked.

The high transportation fare from Grand Gedeh to Monrovia is another burden that teachers are faced with, he told Minister Brown and representatives of other agencies of government present.

Meanwhile, citizens of Gbarzon Jarwodee have called on Minister Browne to prevail on Government to construct a high school in the town.

The citizens also called for a GSM tower and improvement of the road leading to the town, which is the headquarters of Gbarzon Statutory District.

Madam Elizabeth Bleezon, who made the request on behalf of the district, told Minister Browne about the hardship parents undergo to send their children to school, complaining that the nearest high schools are in Zleh Town and the
capital Zwedru.

In response, Minister Browne promised to raise the citizens' concerns with the relevant authorities, and also promised to acquaint the President with their demands for positive action.

He pleaded with the citizens to exercise patience and never  give up , while  the government of  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf strives to help solve some of their problems.
LINA CTN/TSS/PTK

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