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The Federation of Liberian Youth or FLY has strongly differed with Liberia’s Education George Werner on his recent decision on introducing the Public Private Partnership education program.

“As the umbrella organization for all youth and student groups in the country, let it be recorded that we strongly disagree with the approach taken by both the Ministry of Education and Bridge International Academics that led to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions,” a FLY release issued in Monrovia Thursday said.

According to the release, FLY considers the action by the government, through the Ministry of Education, as inconsistent with the new education reform Act of 2013 and the education sector decentralization plan not yet fully implemented.

The release noted that this process lacks local national ownership approval and consultation. “This action by the ministry, we believe, is a violation of the relevant provisions of the Public Procurement and Concession
Commission Law of our dear country,” the release said, urging the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Education, to closely work with all educational actors of public schools in finding a common ground to the memorandum agreements entered into with Bridge International Academics for a national ownership to the process.

“Let it be clear that while we welcome the determination by the government to reform the ‘messy Educational sector’ of our dear country, it is important that the government, through the Ministry of Education, involves all education stakeholders throughout the country on or before May 15, 2016 to a national educational conference on the way forward,” FLY suggested.

FLY Differs Education Minister The Federation of Liberian Youth or FLY has strongly differed with Liberia’s Education George Werner on his recent decision on introducing the Public Private Partnership education program.

“As the umbrella organization for all youth and student groups in the country, let it be recorded that we strongly disagree with the approach taken by both the Ministry of Education and Bridge International Academics that led to the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions,” a FLY release issued in Monrovia Thursday said.

According to the release, FLY considers the action by the government, through the Ministry of Education, as inconsistent with the new education reform Act of 2013 and the education sector decentralization plan not yet fully implemented.

The release noted that this process lacks local national ownership approval and consultation. “This action by the ministry, we believe, is a violation of the relevant provisions of the Public Procurement and Concession
Commission Law of our dear country,” the release said, urging the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Education, to closely work with all educational actors of public schools in finding a common ground to the memorandum agreements entered into with Bridge International Academics for a national ownership to the process. “Let it be clear that while we welcome the determination by the government to reform the ‘messy Educational sector’ of our dear country, it is important that the government, through the Ministry of Education, involves all education stakeholders throughout the country on or before May 15, 2016 to a national educational conference on the way forward,” FLY suggested.

-Edited by George Barpeen

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