Ministry of Education Recruits 46 District Education Officers

MONROVIA, Montserrado – The Ministry of Education completed the recruitment and hiring process of 46 district education officers in all of the 15 counties across the country.

A ministry press statement said the competitive process emphasized the need for gender balance and/or women empowerment in the education sector of the country, which is key to the fight against gender-based violence at schools and increasing the retention of girls.

Though the statement said the recruitment process emphasized the need for gender balance, out of the total number of 46 district education officers, only 11 females were recruited in seven counties, namely Bong 3, Gbarpolu 3, Grand Cape 1, Grand Gedeh 1, Nimba 1, River Gee 1 and Sinoe 1.

Below is the list of district education officers recently hired:

Name of DEO Sex District County
Nelson S. Fallah M Suehn Mecca Bomi
Silas N. Juaquellie M Sanyoyea Bong
Abraham V. S. K. Gbellekoyah M Zota Bong
Esther M. Dunn F Salala Bong
Carolyn Sunwabe F Gbarnga Bong
Sunnie B. Kpee F Kokoyah Bong
Stephen K. Barkolleh M Suakoko Bong
Joyce M. Nuweli F Gbarma Gbarpolu
Kebbeh K. Kayea F Garwula Gbarpolu
Denia M. Queenayou F Kongba Gbarpolu
Amos Teloe M District #5 Grand Bassa
Aaron T. Diggs M District #2 Grand Bassa
Elibe B. Koroma M Porkpa Grand Cape Mount
Mary P. Sieh F Tewor Grand Cape Mount
A. Momo Parker M Gola Konneh Grand Cape Mount
Washington S. Koon M Pupu Grand Gedeh
Martha D. Kimia F Konobo Grand Gedeh
J. Awolowo Sonpon M Dorbor Grand Kru
Luigi M. Gray M Buah Grand Kru
Ohiyesa K. Weah M Sasstown Grand Kru
Alfred T. Borlon M Voinjama Lofa
John F. KokoLo M Zorzor Lofa
Yarkpazuo Y. Gbozuah M Vahun Lofa
Edward L. Bockary M Kolahun Lofa
Leabah B.Morwaker M Marshall Margibi
Emmanuel Toe M Karleway #1 Maryland
Jackson W. Weah M Barrobo #1 Maryland
David D. Dweh M Barrobo #2 Maryland
James Gbueh Wilson Sr. M Harper #2 Maryland
Prince E. Parker, I. M Right Bank #1 Montserrado
Edwin M. Darju M Careysburg Montserrado
Edward A. Johnson M Todee Montserrado
Paul S. Nyamehn M Bain-Gar Nimba
L. Peterson Tougbay M Buuyao Nimba
Oswer Gbengan M Twah River Nimba
Roger V. Sunyard M Zoe-Geh Nimba
C. Dipah Gbaakarnah M Tappita #1 Nimba
Esther J. S. Kpan F Sanniquellie Mah Nimba
Jefferson J. Garley M Tappita #2 Nimba
David M. Jarwoe Jr. M Central River Cess #2 River Cess
Jones C. Nyepan M Gbeapo River Gee
Joseph K. Davis M Putupo River Gee
Alice B. S. Garmo F Chedepo River Gee
Sonpon Kun M Central Kpanyan Sinoe
Andrew M. Gonkarnue M Jeadea Sinoe
Ma-Zoe Monica Momo Flomo F Tarjuwon Sinoe

The press statement noted that the women constituted 24 percent of the total appointments. Prior to the recent recruitment, the ministry said there were only 6 female district education officers which represented approximately 6 percent out of the total of 98 officers.

During the signing of the appointment letters, the release said George K. Werner, the outgoing education minister, called for the inclusive participation of women in all sectors to help reduce the gender disparities in the country. He said “a little under 27 percent of our teaching workforce are women which represent only 11 percent of junior high and 7 percent of senior high female.”

“We need to ask why we are not able to recruit and retain women as district education officers,” the press statement quoted Werner as saying.

He stressed that those in the education sector need to develop what he called women-friendly policies “so that our female students see more women standing at the front of the classroom and in administrative roles.”

The appointment of the district education officers, according to the ministry, was done as a result of 46 previous district education officers retiring.

The Civil Service Standing Order on retirement states that unless ordered otherwise by the government, every employee shall be compulsorily retired at the age of 65, or after a minimum of 25 years of service.

Featured photo by Ministry of Education

Zeze Ballah

Zeze made his journalism debut as a high school reporter at the LAMCO Area School System. In 2016 and 2017, the Press Union of Liberia awarded Zeze with the Photojournalist of the Year award. Zeze was also the union's 2017 Health Reporter of the Year. He is a Health Journalism Fellow with Internews.

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