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Bong Superintendent in trouble

-For condemning PhD holders

Bong County Superintendent Esther Yamah Walker has come under serious criticism for allegedly describing people with PhDs in Liberia as “stupid”.

In a recent appearance on a live radio broadcast in Gbarnga, Bong County, Superintendent Walker said people with PhDs are the problems of Liberia, thus making the country to retrogress.

Her statement came after she was asked by a local Journalist about her view on a recent report that alleged mismanagement of the county’s Social Development Funds.

In the report, three civil society organizations uncovered that not one of the 30 projects passed during the County Council Sitting in 2018 has been fully completed in the county.

The report further revealed that the Bong Project Management Committee awarded contracts to companies outside of bidding procedure.

Superintendent Walker had said that she was not in the know of the report though documents in the possession of this writer indicate that she exchanged emails with those who did the report.

According to her, she was left out on grounds that she is not educated but argued that she is better off than the “so-called” educated people. It has not been established whether those who authored the report hold Doctorate degrees but the Bong Superintendent said PhD holders are stupid and are even causing problems for the country.

Her statement has been greeted with condemnation not only by PhD holders in Bong county, but also locals.

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On Radio Gbarnga last week Thursday, some citizens were heard lashing at the Superintendent for making such utterance.

They are demanding her to apologize or face counter attack.

Meanwhile, Dr. Alfredson Targerweah, a PhD holder in Bong, who chairs the Bong County school board, has given a one-week ultimatum to Superintendent Walker to apologize.

According to him, if the Superintendent doesn’t apologize, an unspecified action will be taken against her.

“I don’t know why the Superintendent will make such a statement. These kinds of sayings undermine the education system of a nation, so we are calling on her to retract that unacceptable statement”, Dr. Targerweah demands. Editing by Jonathan Browne

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