As the nation responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, interviews with representatives of individuals living with visual, hearing, and speech impairments suggest that this vulnerable group has gone largely unnoticed.
For Liberia, a country previously ravaged by civil war and Ebola, the Coronavirus pandemic has become another major setback for the education sector, as approximately 1.5 million students are now out of school.
Major educational activities are being suspended across the country, as the Ministry of Education has extended its mandate to suspend classes by an additional one week while the Liberia office of the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has indefinitely suspended its 2020 exams.
The World Bank has partnered with the Liberian government to launch a new effort to improve results at the secondary level of Liberiaâ€™s education system. The project, Improve Results in Secondary Education, otherwise known as IRISE, is a US$47 million effort sponsored by the World Bank through a grant signed with the government in July 2019.
Following President George Weahâ€™s announcement of the countryâ€™s first Coronavirus case on Monday, March 16, Liberiaâ€™s Information Ministry has announced the closure of all schools in the country.
As we tap into our experience with Ebola to prepare to fight COVID-19, we must also prepare to help our children remain engaged and continue to be educated.
Rising Academies, a private operator of public schools under the governmentâ€™s LEAP private-public partnership, has finished rehabilitating the main campus of the Sinoe Elementary Demonstration School in Greenville District, following nearly two years of disrepair and deplorable conditions.
The Ministry of Education has announced new eligibility criteria for senior high school graduates across the country. Going forward, the ministry will now require all senior high school students to pass at least three subjects in the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, or WASSCE, in order to be eligible to participate in formal graduation ceremonies.