As the search for quality education continues, the government of Liberia through the Ministry of Education has embarked on massive screening of teachers across the country to weed imposters.
Speaking during the weekly Government press briefing, the acting Minister of Education, Gbovadeh Gbilia, said that the issue of ghost teachers has gone a long way in destroying the educational sector and it is better to get rid of this menace in order to transform the sector. Mr. Gbilia said that within ten of the fifteen counties, the screening process caught 12,131 ghost teachers who have been earning salaries through this clandestine means. Mr. Gbilia said that government has lost millions of United States Dollars each year which should have been used to improve the standards of the ministry. “We have lots of qualified teachers waiting for approval. So for us to be able to approve them, the untrained and unqualified ones will first have to be removed so as to enable those with the requisite credentials to be approved ”, he said. Mr. Gbilia said that government has launched a four year scheme with the aim of getting the best in education which will increase employment opportunity.