After Three Years, River Cess School System Receives Stationery Supplies

CESTOS, River Cess – The Ministry of Education has supplied the River Cess County School System with stationery materials for the first time in three years.

The materials included 100 cartons of lineless sheets, 680 pieces of teachers plan books, 680 roll books, 50 cartons of chalks, 4 cartons of red and blue ballpoint pens, along with other office materials.

Henrietta Sackor, the assistant minister for general administration at the ministry, delivered the materials to Jacob Kouviakoe, the human resource manager of the River Cess school system.

Mick Myers, the county education officer, called the supply timely. He urged school administrators to use the materials for their intended purpose.

Teachers and school administrators in River Cess had long complained that the county’s school system was not being properly supported by the Ministry of Education.

In early July, the human resource manager of the River Cess School System, Jacob Kouviakoe, confirmed to The Bush Chicken that the county’s public school system had not received any stationery supplies for three academic years.

At the end of the 2017/2018 academic year, public schools in River Cess found it difficult closing due to the lack of stationeries necessary for printing year-end report cards.

Principals of public schools were mandated by the offices of the county’s education officer to underwrite the printing of report cards and most passed on the cost to parents.

Even though the communications director of the Ministry of Education, Maxime Bleetahn, appeared on one of River Cess’ local radio stations and announced that registrations for elementary and junior high were free, parents were still required to pay to cover the fees needed to buy stationeries.

Featured photo by Eric Opa Doue

Eric Doue

Eric Opa Doue is a co-founder of Echo Radio Station, which does a series of programs in Bassa, Kru, and simple Liberian English. Under his leadership, Echo Radio was selected as one of the Moody Radio global partners for training opportunities in 2013 and 2014. Eric was one of a handful of reporters who received training from Internews in 2015 on humanitarian reporting during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia. He holds a diploma in Journalism, from the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

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