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Include County School Boards In Grants Policy - Barbley
By Chris Nyenapee, LINA Grand Gedeh County Correspondent
ZWEDRU, July 11(LINA) - Grand Gedeh Education Board Chairman, Alfred S. Barbley, has expressed concern about county school boards being left out of school grants policy.
He stressed the need to reconsider areas where school boards could play significant roles, adding that Liberia Education Assistance Development (LEAD) present policy excludes school boards, which are an integral part of the education sector.
According to him, this makes monitoring difficult for those for whom the project was intended to fully benefit.
As the implementing agency of school grant, Barbley suggested that county school boards take part in their respective jurisdictions to monitor and correct irregularities before it gets too late.
The Grand Gedeh County School System, according to Barbley, received LD6, 158,293 or its equivalent of USD73, 313.00 for first semester in April this year through mobile money.
Barbley noted that there is already an on-going spot check by procurement officer Augustine Gbaba of the local Ministry of Education along with a LEAD team representative to ensure strict adherence to the grant policy.
Meanwhile, Barbley has welcomed the current distribution of text books to public schools around Liberia as a good sign of improvement to reverse the “mess” in the education sector after the Liberian civil crisis.
He told the Liberia News Agency (LINA) that with the availability of books, students can now be given assignments to do research by themselves to find out and compare notes instead of only depending on notes from teachers.