Govt. Warns Against Increase in School Fees -As Minister Sonii Attends UNESCO Confab in Paris

The Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Education has warned administrators in some public schools against unauthorized increase in the annual registration fees for public schools without remorse, the development it termed as willfully and intentionally undermining the good intention of the government and vowed to severely penalize the defaulting administrators.

“As the Ministry endeavors to provide accessible, affordable and quality education for all Liberians void of discrimination with the intention of not depriving or denying any Liberian child of accessing relevant education, the Ministry has discovered and noticed regrettably that some Public School administrators are willfully and intentionally undermining the good intention of the Ministry by increasing the annual registration fees for Public Schools without remorse”, a release from the Ministry of Education said.

The release which was made public yesterday stated that henceforth, any Public School operating in the Republic of Liberia that will add additional amount to the approved registration fees will do so at their own detriment, and will be severely penalized.

The release also stated that in furtherance of this, all District Education Officers (DEOs) and County Education Officers (CEOs) are hereby mandated to increase their monitoring and supervision of all Public Schools to put an immediate halt to the unnecessary increment in the registration fees. Any DEO or CEO reneging on their monitoring and supervision will be dealt with administratively.

The Ministry of Education therefore instructs all Public School administrators to be in full compliance with the approved registration fees in categories such as for the elementary division students are to pay LD$1,000, for Junior High division students will pay LD$2,000 while for the Senior division, they are to pay  LD$3,000.

The release quoted the Acting Minister of Education, Mr. Latim Da-Thong as saying that any administrator violating the stipulated fees sanctioned by the Ministry, risks immediate dismissal.

Meanwhile A high-power Liberian delegation led by Prof. D. Ansu Sonii has joined the 41st General Conference and 75th Anniversary of UNESCO. The event is being held in Paris, France from the 9th – 21st of November, 2021. This year’s conference focuses on Open Science and Artificial Intelligence.

Admission to the 41st session of the General Conference includes various Member States delegations and observers from non-governmental organizations (other than those in official partnership with UNESCO). Foundations and similar institutions maintaining official relations with UNESCO as well as from other international organizations are attending the Conference.

Liberia’s delegation is led by the Minister of Education Professor D. Ansu Sonii along with four technicians from the Ministry of Education, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, The President of the University of Liberia, etc.

During the conference, the President and Vice-Presidents of the General Conference and of the chairpersons will be elected for the next two years.

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