For Financial and Administrative Malpractices, Kpulun Dismissed as Bong CEO

GBARNGA, Bong – The Ministry of Education has dismissed Edward Kpulun from his post as county education officer for Bong, with immediate effect.

He served from 2015 to January 2017.

A letter dated March 21, 2017, signed by deputy education minister for administration, Aagon F. Tingba, cited “financial malpractices and poorly administering the office of the CEO of Bong County” as reasons for Kpulun’s dismissal.

The ministry’s action, according to the letter, followed a commissioned audit by the Internal Audit Division of the Ministry of Education on the financial and administrative transactions of the dismissed education officer during his tenure in the position.

The letter further that Kpulun failed to adequately address through evidence, the concerns raised against him by auditors, thereby rendering him culpable and liable of financial malpractices and poor administering of the office.

“However, due to the gravity of the many revelations by the audit report and your lack of honesty in the functions of your duties as CEO of Bong County, and based on the recommendation of the deputy minister of instruction, your direct supervisor, and in concurrence with the senior management team, you are hereby dismissed effective March 21, 2017.”

The ministry has however warned Kpulun to turn over all of its properties and documents in his possession to the deputy minister for instruction effective immediately.

When contacted about his dismissal, Edward Kpulun informed The Bush Chicken that he didn’t have much to say about the dismissal now.

“There will be some legal issues coming up and so I don’t want to talk much about it. So far, that is my position,” Kpulun added.

On January 4, 2017, Kpulun was suspended for taking leave and traveling out of the country without notifying officials at the Ministry of Education.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education has appointed Samuel Y. Koenig as acting education officer for Bong.

Prior to his appointment, Koenig served as district education officer for Salala School District in Bong.

Featured photo by Moses Bailey

Editor’s Note: Our parent company, Common Sense Solutions, Inc. provides public relations services to the Ministry of Education.

Moses Bailey

Moses started his journalism career in 2010 as a reporter at Radio Gbarnga. In 2011, the Press Union of Liberia recognized him as the Human Rights Reporter of the Year. In 2017, he was the Development Reporter of the Year. He is also an Internews Health Journalism Fellow. Moses is also the regional coordinator for NAYMOTE-Liberia, an organization working with youth to promote democratic governance.

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