Several education stakeholders as well as other public servants and members of the civil society, including representatives of the media, on April 21 exchanged views at a resort in Monrovia on the need to revamp the educational system of Liberia.The ceremony marked the Coalition for Transparency and Accountability in Education’s (COTAE) formal launch of a policy dialogue on the education sector under a project titled: “Education and You: Following the Money for Greater Transparency and Quality.”Held under the theme, “Importance of Monitoring and Fiscal Accountability for Quality Education,” the policy dialogue included presentations on two key topics- Monitoring Education for Improved Outcomes and Importance of Effective Budgeting and Fiscal Accountability in Education. The launch of the project also highlighted the paradigm shift in the country’s education system, in which COTAE expressed willingness to correct the wrongs. The Project Coordinator of the Global Partnership for Basic Education Program (GPEBEP) at the Ministry of Education (MOE), David Baysah, who deliberated on Monitoring Education for Improved Outcomes, stressed that learning outcomes and environments as well as teachers and teaching practices or school administrators be monitored to match the level of improvements and standards the nation’s educational system needs. He named five dimensions of quality education (borrowed from UNICEF’s definition), which are learners, environments, content, processes and outcomes. According to him, Liberia’s standard of education has been discussed in many circles and at the same time is being exacerbated by the declining results of exams administered annually by West African Examination Council (WAEC), mass failure in the University of Liberia’s entrance exams and the difficult conditions under which teaching and learning take place in most Liberian schools.Baysah recalled how the Bureau of Education was established to centralize the administration and supervision of all schools with Julius C. Stevens as the first General Superintendent of Education. He was instrumental in setting standards for teachers (by annual examination) and initiating a periodic census of school age children to ascertain continuing education needs.Baysah said the steps for the establishment of a national education system were the identification of what Liberian Education means, the first enactment of that philosophy in the national curriculum, the “certification” of its teaching cadre, and the assessment of the twin goals of this early system being access and opportunity.He added that monitoring is used to determine how well a program is carried out at different levels and at what cost, adding, “It tracks changes that occur over time in terms of inputs, production, and use of service.In Particular, a monitoring system provides information on progress towards the achievement of stated objectives.Meanwhile, Baysah called for the setting up of a school supervision and inspection bureau, the inclusion of external and internal monitors and the inclusion of teaching supervisors as the means to enhance the sector.The Director General of Internal Audit Agency, Paul Collins, spoke on the Importance of Effective Budgeting and Fiscal Accountability in Education. He believes that fiscal accountability suggests the existence of a fiduciary responsibility that custodians of public funds have to the government and people of a nation.Collins indicated that another responsibility implies that value is expected for the money given into trust to the custodians, thus leading people to the concept of the value of money.Stressing the relevance of fiscal accountability in the education sector, Collins named efficiency, effectiveness and economy as components that accommodate the process which COTAE is undertaking through the Open Society Initiative For West Africa (OSIWA) sponsored project.“In order to determine if we are achieving value for money in the education sector, we need to be able to derive measures that are objective, transparent and understandable. The accountability requirements in our laws/policies must be followed. This means regular financial reports that are independently verified must be produced regularly,” the Internal Audit Agency Director General noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Manchester City will complete the big-money signing of Belgium playmaker Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg ‘by the weekend’, talkSPORT have been told.Having chased the Bundesliga star – crowned Germany’s Player of the Year last season – all summer, City have finally agreed a deal to bring the former Chelsea man back to the Premier League.Reports on Thursday suggested the two-time English champions have met the German club’s £58million valuation – an initial £54m fee plus add ons – and German football expert Olly Knaack reveals the midfielder is set to pen an ‘insane’ contract at the Etihad Stadium.He told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “He’s coming. He will be a Manchester City player by the weekend.“The deal is pretty much done, the only thing that’s missing is his signature, but sources say it’s really close now.“We’re looking at a five-year deal and the numbers are insane, it’s like Ronaldo or Bale dimensions.“I’m not sure he can actually live up to that. He was THE star at Wolfburg, but he’s just one of many stars at Manchester City.“But if you’re got all the money in the world, why not sign him?”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“But the way the video showed the drunk-driving crashes, I know I’ll think twice before getting into a car with someone who is drunk.” With studies showing most U.S. children have tried alcohol by the age of 12, CHP Public Affairs Officer Raquel Stage says it’s more important than ever to start talking to younger children about drinking, drugs and peer pressure. “You guys need to realize that the choices you make right now will affect you down the line,” Stage told seventh- and eighth-grade students after watching the video, “Make the Right Turn.” The video includes interviews with teenagers who survived drunk-driving and drug-involved accidents. It also shows hidden-camera footage of an “experiment” in which students had to decide whether to get into a car with a drunk driver, who was being played by a professional actor. Aside from drugs, drinking and peer pressure, Stage and fellow Officer Paula Busch also covered general safety issues and gave tips on careers in law enforcement. “How many of you think that you can do what you want right now because your juvenile records will be sealed when you turn 18?” Stage asked before a half-dozen arms shot up in the air. “Well, you’re wrong. Some jobs will go into your juvenile records, so you’re not safe,” she added. “You need to be aware of things like that.” Connie Jones, a life-skills teacher at Graves Middle, said a recent traffic accident in which a student was hit by a car in front of the school was the reason officials asked the CHP to come talk to students. “A lot of these kids don’t understand that what they do here will affect them later,” Jones said. “We just want them to know what they should be doing today to help them in the future.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH WHITTIER – Graves Middle School eighth-grader Alex Sandoval admits that he’s been in a car with a drunk driver. He said he felt he had no choice at the time because he was far away from home. But after watching a video Friday about drunk driving during a California Highway Patrol school assembly, he’s not sure he would make the same choice again. “At first it was weird because I wasn’t really sure about what was going on when I got in the car,” said Sandoval, 14. “But then it got scary because we almost crashed into a Nissan on the way home.