‘62% of Public School Teachers Not Qualified,’ World Bank Reports

first_imgWorld Bank representatives at the joint review. Over 5,000 teachers, which made up 62 percent of all teachers that are assigned in government-owned primary schools across the country, do not hold a grade “C” certificate, which is the minimum teaching qualification, the World Bank has disclosed.According to a World Bank report, at the secondary level, teacher quality is low, with only a third of secondary teachers having the minimum qualification for their position, which requires a university degree or “A” certificate as described in the education policy.The World Bank is also partnering with the Liberian government to strengthen or improve the country’s education system.At the end of the November 9 Joint Education Sector Review in Ganta, Nimba County, the Bank said: “A lack of qualified teachers and a low quality of teaching are driving low learning outcomes in the country.”Minister Kessely, Dep Min. for Planning, Research and DevelopmentIt was reported that the national Student to Teacher Ratio in senior high school is 13.1 but, according to the report, the low number of qualified teachers means a Pupil to Qualified Teachers Ratio of 48.1 for senior secondary schools.“Mathematics and science teachers are severely under–represented and those in schools have not received any professional development or continued education since entering the service,” the report said.It was also disclosed that schools in poor, rural and remote areas are less likely to have qualified teachers than schools in more wealthy or urban areas.The MoE and partners spent a week in Ganta to jointly review the education sector in the statistics presented by the Bank; it was revealed that limited access to and a lack of quality of Early Childhood Education (ECE) are bottlenecks to improving the country’s education sector.The World Bank also outlined some of the challenges hampering the education sector, such as lack of permanent structures for some or all classrooms for about 30 percent of public primary schools; lack of a comprehensive national monitoring system to track the progress of students; and resource allocation.It also observed that technical and vocational education and training (TVET) institutions struggle to prepare students in demand of jobs or self–employment.“Although Liberia’s higher education system absorbs 30 percent of the public education budget, it is poorly equipped to meet an increase in demand,” the report said. “The higher education institutions have significant academic staffing and financial autonomy, yet they lack any governance of quality assurance and accountability.”However, the ministry and its partners, shortly after the review, resolved to improve the gaps by making the education system the best.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Education Ministry launches $6M ‘Smart’ classroom

first_imgThe first ‘Smart’ classroom was launched on Friday at the National Centre for Education and Resource Development (NCERD) with the aim of connecting schools and classrooms in real-time across Guyana using innovative technology. Additionally, the classroom will bridge the gap between coastal schools and those in the hinterland and rural communities.The ‘Smart’ classroom programme being demonstrated on the Promethean BoardChief Education Officer Marcel Hutson said the initiative marks a significant day in the history of education delivery in Guyana. He added that it is symbolic of the education sector embracing the use of technology to deliver education; something the Ministry has been clamouring to do for the longest while.Hutson said the occasion is just the beginning and efforts will be made to establish similar rooms across Guyana, adding that the benefits are tremendous as children and teachers can benefit from interactive learning “shifting away from the chalk and talk”.Meanwhile, Education Minister Nicolette Henry said the launch of the ‘Smart’ classroom represents a high moment of the Ministry as it is embracing a 21st Century teaching tool. She said the use of the ‘Smart’ classroom epitomises the Ministry’s efforts at providing quality education to all and reducing disparities between the hinterland, rural and coastal areas; an issue that will be a primary focus for the Ministry as it moves into the New Year.Sheldon Blair demonstrating how the programme can be used to view the content of a number of textbooksAdditionally, ICT Coordinator within the Education Ministry, Marcia Thomas said the equipment that has been set up in a special room at NCERD was bought at a cost of US$30,000. The room features a touchscreen Promethean Board, 30 charging stations for tablets, smartphones and computers and ergonomic furniture for the pupils to use.She said the E-Governance Unit provided the Internet connection for the NCERD building.During the launch, students and teachers from eight of the 10 administrative regions were connected and were able to interface with each other. Also, a number of textbooks used in the public-school system are available for use through the system. One feature of the state-of-the-art technology is that the teacher using the equipment can log the students off so that they can focus on the Promethean Board while she teaches and log them in back into the system when material on their tablets are required.To use the system, tablets, smartphones and computers, one would need to have access to a Zoom Cloud Meetings platform that is available on the Google Play Store. The ‘Smart’ classroom can be used to connect schools, thereby creating a universal classroom where one teacher can teach as many students as possible.last_img read more

TD Mac LOCHLAINN IN TV BATTLE OVER RUC OFFICER KILLINGS

first_imgVincent Browne: Launched verbal attack on Mac LochlainnDONEGAL TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn has been involved in a ding-dong TV battle tonight over the assassination of two senior RUC officers.Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan were shot dead in an IRA ambush in south Armagh in 1989.CS Breen had been involved in the SAS killings of eight IRA members in Loughgall two years earlier when security forces bugged the home of a Provo leader and then ambushed them. Judge Peter Smithwick this week ruled that a Garda mole had “on the balance of probabilities” helped the IRA team in the killings of the two RUC members.Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams today described the IRA team behind the killings as brave.Tonight Sinn Fein deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn found himself taking on three other guests – and the presenter – on Tonight with Vincent Browne.Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan, the Sunday Times reporter Sarah McInerney and northern solicitor John McBurney, as well as Mr Browne, all condemned Adams and Mac Lochlainn for his views on IRA armed actions in the North. The Inishowen politician was challenged by Browne: “Do you think it was the duty of people to murder innocent unarmed people?”Deputy Mac Lochlainn responded: “Do you think it was the duty of Michael Collins to kill 500 RIC members during the War of Independence?”The Donegal TD said he wouldn’t allow people to accept the violence of the 1920s and not the 1980s.He said nationalists had fought a sectarian state during the Troubles. He also insisted that republicans in this generation had taken the vast majority of supporters to a peaceful resolution of the conflict.“I’m not going to have a narrative presented that there were good guys and there were bad guys,” said Deputy Mac Lochlainn. A clearly shaken and angry Vincent Browne said he didn’t normally comment on such matters and repeated the question.“Balderdash,” replied Mac Lochlainn.Charlie Flanagan said Sinn Fein’s comments would ensure they’d never get into Government in the Republic, to which Mac Lochlainn replied: “We’d certainly never go into government with you.”Viewers reacted angrily with one saying Browne was “brainwashed” while another described the RUC as the “Klu Klux Klan”. John McGurk: Said anyone who voted Sinn Fein needed their head examinedOther viewers said they’d never vote Sinn Fein as a result.PR guru John McGurk, who was doing the newspaper review, commented: “Anyone who votes Sinn Fein needs their heads examined.”TD Mac LOCHLAINN IN TV BATTLE OVER RUC OFFICER KILLINGS was last modified: December 5th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bob buchananDeputy Padraig MacLochlainnharry breenLoughgallSinn Feinlast_img read more

St. Bernard’s, Eureka advance in H-DNL tourney

first_imgBoth the St. Bernard’s girls soccer team and the Eureka boys soccer team advanced to the next round of the Humboldt-Del Norte soccer tournament after thrilling wins which saw both squads play well into overtime and then some before winning their matches Tuesday night.St. Bernard’s 3, McKinleyville 2St. Bernard’s needed all of two overtime periods to best McKinleyville on the road 3-2 Tuesday night, in McKinleyville. The No. 5 seeded Crusaders will now move on to face No. 1 Eureka tonight at 6 …last_img

Investing in commercial property

first_img17 December 2003Foreign investors, mainly from the UK, Ireland and Germany, are increasingly buying South African commercial property as a medium- to long-term investment, according to business information service I-Net Bridge.According to Peter Golding, chief executive officer of Golding Commercial Properties (GCP), a subsidiary of the Pam Golding Properties group, GCP has been receiving ongoing inquiries for commercial property investments of late.Golding told I-Net Bridge that investors are currently looking for commercial properties in South Africa with capital ranging from about R10-million to R200-million to invest.A notable example cited by Golding is that of a “big German financial institution” wanting to invest $20-million (about R128-million) in prime commercial property for a closed end fund.Golding says investors are seeking quality stock and tenant credibility, with a preference for a single, prime commercial A-grade property with a 10-year lease with a branded corporate.And, says Golding, it’s Cape Town which is attracting the most interest.“With its high appeal and tremendous international exposure, Cape Town continues to be seen in an extremely positive light by potential offshore investors who perceive tremendous capital growth in the property market”, Golding told I-Net Bridge.What about the costs? Put simply, that is “not the issue”, he says.Chris Immelman, the head of Golding Commercial Properties’ leasing and sales division, told I-Net Bridge that the demand for quality commercial stock in Cape Town “presents an opportunity for corporates who own their own buildings to consider the benefits of undertaking a corporate sale and leaseback, thereby unlocking capital which can then potentially be better utilised in business.”Golding says that while the national market is currently characterised by a lack of available, quality stock opportunities also exist in centres such as Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Durban and Port Elizabeth.The high demand for residential property in the Boland and Overberg region of the Western Cape is also having a positive impact on the commercial property market in the area.Immelman says the surge in demand for homes in the Helderberg Basin in areas such as Stellenbosch, Gordon’s Bay, Somerset West and Paarl is boosting the demand for commercial property, particularly for the lease and sale of office and retail space.Eugene Muntingh, GCP regional sales manager, says overseas investors are also expressing an interest in this area, with UK and German buyers wishing to invest in fully tenanted property from R5-million upwards.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

HC calls for fresh trust vote at Bongaon in 12 days

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Monday instructed the North 24-Parganas district administration to conduct trust vote at Bongaon municipality within 12 days.The High Court has reportedly asked the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas to hold the trust vote at her office within the stipulated time amidst adequate security arrangements. The district police superintendent has been asked to provide security to the councillors from Bongaon municipality who will turn up at the DM’s office during the trust vote. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTrinamool Congress had claimed in July that they had established control over Bongaon Municipality by defeating BJP in the no-confidence motion. Senior Trinamool Congress leaders in the district claimed that the BJP councillors did not turn up in time. They also alleged that BJP had tried to create trouble over the trust vote that took place last month. During the previous trust vote, unprecedented police arrangements were made in front of the municipality. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayOn the other hand, BJP leaders claimed that they had 11 councillors in the municipality out of 22 in total. Both the rival parties claimed their control over the municipality board following the trust vote. BJP later moved to the Calcutta High Court in this regard. It has ordered a fresh trust vote within 12 days and the district administration will ensure that it happens without any trouble. Bongaon municipality in North 24-Parganas district has been in a legal tangle for some time following dispute over a confidence vote, as both the parties claimed majority. State Food and Supplies minister Jyotipriya Mullick had earlier accused the saffron party of engineering the defections. It may be mentioned here that after the Lok Sabha elections, BJP allegedly continued its march to engineer defections from Trinamool Congress in various municipalities across the state.last_img read more

Alberta legislature member sorry for saying Indigenous people disengaged

first_imgEDMONTON – An Alberta legislature member is apologizing for saying Indigenous people don’t tend to vote and when “these people” do engage in politics they only want to talk to the prime minister.Dave Schneider, the United Conservative member for the southern Alberta riding of Little Bow, has apologized on Twitter for comments he made recently to media in his constituency.“Apologies to any offended by my choice of words,” Schneider posted Tuesday. “Certainly was not my intent. It continues to be a privilege to represent all constituents since being elected. Encourage all to be engaged in our democracy.”He did not reply to a request for an interview.Schneider is a first-term legislature member and serves as the Opposition’s agriculture and forestry critic. In a story published last week in the Vauxhall Advance, Schneider is quoted expressing concerns about changes in his constituency that will take effect in the next election in 2019.Schneider’s sprawling rural seat includes the Siksika reserve and is being expanded to include the Blood reserve as well.“Not that that’s bad, but these people don’t traditionally vote, and how is the population going to get engaged in this political system in the province?” Schneider told the newspaper.“The Indigenous people generally like to speak to the most important person in Canada, like the prime minister.”Alberta’s Indigenous Relations Minister Richard Feehan and Chief Tony Alexis of the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation had called for Schneider to make amends. They said his comments were improper and disrespectful.“In no manner are these statements a proper or respectful representation of all constituents in the Cardston-Siksika area (Little Bow), which includes thousands of Indigenous people,” Alexis posted on Twitter.He said he took particular offence to the reference “these people.”Feehan said at the legislature that Schneider has missed a groundswell of political engagement by First Nations.“Somehow an MLA who lives right in the core of Alberta hasn’t any clue as to what’s transpired in the Indigenous community over the last 50 years,” said Feehan. “This is truly an attitude out of the 1950s.”In his interview, Schneider also said it’s difficult to meet constituents because of access restrictions on reserves.Feehan said he would be happy to help.“There’s nothing in the Indian Act that says you can’t talk to the people in those communities. All of our MLAs do,” he said. “If he’s worried about being on the reserve without permission of the chief and council, it’s a phone call away.“Tell him I’m more than happy to supply him a list of phone numbers if that is something that would facilitate his first little foray into the Indigenous community.”Schneider won the constituency overall as a member of the former Wildrose party in the 2015 election, but fared poorly at the four Siksika polling stations. He received 25 votes compared with 332 for the leading vote-getter on the reserve, Bev Muendel-Atherstone of the NDP.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation was in the Little Bow constituency.last_img read more

Constitutional requirement on General Elections explained

first_img Bahamas House of Assembly reconvenes, Election Date to be announced Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 4, 2017 – Nassau – General Elections must take place within 30 days of the House of Assembly being dissolved and according to country leader, Prime Minister Perry Christie, that dissolution will happen a week from today.Lines continue to be long at voter registration centres across the Bahamas as people try to get in on last minute registration. Speaking with Magnetic Media yesterday, Parliamentary Registration Department Commissioner, Sherlyn Hall says as of Sunday the total number of individuals registered stood at 155,000.Mr. Hall anticipates this to exceed the voter registration number in 2012, which recorded 172,128.  The Parliamentary Commissioner added eight of the twelve centres were open for registration from 10am to 9pm daily until April 10th, while the twelve centres will facilitate distribution from 10am to 8pm. He assured the department’s capacity in handling the rush.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasGeneralElections#requirementsforGeneralElections#letsvoteBahamas Exams rescheduled because of Election Related Items:#BahamasGeneralElections, #LetsvoteBahamas, #magneticmedianews, #requirementsforGeneralElectionscenter_img Photo Credit: ipinionsjournal Nomination Day in the Bahamas Recommended for youlast_img read more

37th San Diego Chinese New Year Fair in Downtown San Diego

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The 37th Annual San Diego Chinese New Year Fair is a two-day event celebrating the Year of the Pig.The event is happening on February 16 and 17 at the Asian Pacific Thematic Historic District at Third Avenue and J Street. The celebration features dozens of performances, children’s crafts and lantern parade, and a wide variety of authentic Chinese and Asian food and cultural displays.The Chinese New Year Fair is once again hosted and presented by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) of San Diego. “Now in its 37th year, this fair has become an important cultural gathering for San Diego, and CCBA is proud to continue this tradition and help preserve the culture and contributions of Chinese people to our local community,” says MyMy Lu, community leader and this year’s Fair Chair.The Fair will be open on both days from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Full details of the event can be found at www.sdcny.org. KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 12, 2019 February 12, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 37th San Diego Chinese New Year Fair in Downtown San Diegolast_img read more