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Number of schools increased by 400 in 2013
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Number of schools increased by 400 in 2013

By Calvin Brooks

 

MONROVIA, Jan 12 (LINA) - An Education Ministry report has recorded an increase in the country’s education coverage by 400 additional schools between 2012 and 2013.

 The report indicated that Bomi County had 81primary schools in 2013 as compared to 69 in 2012, while at the junior and senior high level there was an increase to 11 schools in 2013 as compared to 10 in 2012.

The report also revealed that Bong County had 236 primary schools in 2013 compared to 204 in 2012, while junior and senior high schools increased from 48 in 2012 to 51 in 2013.

According to the report, elementary schools in Gbarpolu County increased from 68 in 2012 to 98 in 2013, while junior and senior high schools increased from 11 in 2012 to 16 in 2013.

The report disclosed that primary schools in Grand Bassa County jumped from 91 in 2012 to 114 in 2013, while junior and senior high schools increased from nine in 2012 to 10 in 2013.

Grand Cape Mount County had 114 primary schools in 2013 as compared to 104 in 2012 but maintained 15 schools at the junior and senior levels in 2013 and 2012 respectively.   

The report showed that Grand Gedeh County had 98 primary schools in 2013 compared to 66 in 2012, while junior and senior schools increased from 14 in 2012 to 23 in 2013.

Grand Kru County, for its part, had 104 primary schools in 2013 as compared to 103 in 2012, while junior and senior high schools increased from 29 in 2012 to 31 in 2013.

 The report pointed out that Lofa County experienced an increase of 20 primary schools from 223 in 2012 to 243 in 2013, while the number of junior and senior high schools dropped from 48 in 2012 to 46 in 2013.

In Margibi County there were 78 primary schools in 2013 compared to 9 in 2012, while junior and senior level schools increased from five in 2012 to 20 in 2013.

 The report recorded 75 primary schools in 2013 as compared to 40 in Maryland County, while junior and senior high schools increased from 14 in 2012 to 19 in 2013.

Montserrado County recorded to highest increase of primary schools from 27 in 2012 to 106 in 2013, while at the junior and senior high level the figure jumped to 38 in 2013 from 16 in 2012.

The report recorded 389 primary schools in 2013 from 324 in 2012 in Nimba County, while at the junior and senior high level there were 101 schools in 2013 from 77 in 2012.

Rivercess County recorded 94 primary schools in 2013 compared to 81 in 2012, while junior and senior high schools increased from five in 2012 to seven in 2013.

 The report indicated that River Gee County had 92 primary schools in 2013 compared to 88 in 2012, while junior and senior high schools increased to 10 in 2013 from eight in 2012.

 Sinoe County, for its part, recorded 119 primary schools in 2013 from 96 in 2012, while junior senior high schools increased to 22 in 2013 from 20 in 2012.

 

However, the Education Ministry said the increase of 400 public schools between 2012 and 2013 was likely a result of county and district education officers becoming more familiar with the Annual School Census process.

 

“This is important to note while comparing 2012 and 2013 public school data,” the ministry said, adding: It is important to note that 2012 marked the beginning of the decentralization of the Annual School Census.”

 

It said the largest increase in coverage of public schools took place in Montserrado and Margibi Counties.

 

The census covered public schools and physical structures offering lessons to students.

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