Liberia has among the highest percentage of youth in school, estimated at 62 percent, according to a report released by The World Bank on out of school children in Africa. This figure is greater than that of Rwanda, Zambia, Ghana, and Cote Dâ€™Ivoire, to name a few. However, 82 percent of twelfth graders in Liberia drop out of school.
At least 100 Catholic School students have staged a mass demonstration at the Catholic Archdiocesan Secretariat office, demanding that their teachers receive their salaries.
Catholic school teachers in Liberia have today staged a go-slow in demand of unpaid salary they say the Catholic Education Secretariat owes them.
A survey of schools in Lower Margibi on Monday, February 16 confirmed that only a very small number have reopened.
The Ministry of Educationâ€™s poorly-coordinated decisions to reopen schools across the country has led to dismal attendance at many schools.
Although schools in Ganta have received supplies to reopen on the date specified by the government, classrooms remained empty as parents decided against sending their kids to school.
As the governmentâ€™s mandate for the reopening of schools takes effect today, education authorities in Lofa say they will not resume classes in the absence of preventive measures and funds for public schools
Two weeks ago, the Liberian government announced that schools will reopen on Feb. 16. Although the government has promised to provide necessary materials to resume regular academic work, it is yet to meet up with its commitment to schools in the Zorzor district.