At least 30 cartoons of primary school textbooks printed by Ministry of Education have been arrested by men claiming to be state security officers, but the whereabouts of the books are unknown.
Three men claiming to be state security officers on Monday, 30 October arrested the MOE textbooks along the Monrovia-Bomi highway, but the catch has reportedly disappeared. A source close to the Ministry of Education narrated that the series titled “Path of Peace Pearson Readers” and marked ‘Not to be sold’ were confiscated from a man believed to be a Nigerian businessman.
Our source revealed that what has been astonishing is the so-called security officers absconded with the consignment of books before the arrival of officers of the Liberia National Police on the scene.
The source who estimated the cost of the consignment at over US$12,000.00, wondered how the materials got in the hands of the unidentified Nigerian. The textbooks, stamped by the Ministry of Education, copy of which has been obtained by this paper, were printed with support from the GPE-Basic Education Project (GPEBEP) for use by primary school students in Liberia.
Presently, they are reportedly being sold for 50LDR at the Paynesville-Red Light Market and other locations by unscrupulous individuals. When this writer visited the Ministry of Education on Monday, officials there could neither deny nor confirm the arrest.
By Emmanuel Mondaye