President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has backed the Ministry of Education’s (MOE) decision to administer a standardized test for public school teachers on their qualifications and abilities, and has warned that teachers who refused to take the test may lose their job.Speaking yesterday in Marshall, Margibi County, at the Kpakparkon Public School, President Sirleaf, told the school’s Vice Principal for Administration, Meshes Goah, after he admitted he had not taken the test that “Teachers that will not take the test will be out of job.” She said that public school teachers who trust themselves should take the test and prove that they are qualified to teach. President Sirleaf said teachers who make a pass will be better placed to have all of the benefits that come with the exercise. “If you trust yourself you should take the test and prove that you are qualified,” she said. Among his measures to reform the education system, Education Minister George Werner wants all teachers in the country to take test, which would enable MOE to know their qualifications.The MOE test and the ministry’s plan to outsource the country’s educational system through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) initiative are two unpopular reform policies that have been initiated by Minister Werner.The MOE test, since its pronouncement, has sparked confusion between teachers and the ministry, with teachers threatening to institute a nationwide strike action should the MOE continue with the exercise.Under the banner of the National Teachers’ Association of Liberia (NTAL), the teachers have meanwhile called on the government to stop the MOE from administering the test, and also put a halt to the implementation of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) activities until parties concerned can hold a nationwide consultative meeting. “The NTAL representatives to the National Executive Council are opposed to the administering of tests to teachers and education workers, as we know that the test is a part of the process of the PPP scheme,” the teachers said in a statement early this week.Amid the MOE’s test saga, the president of the NTAL, Rev. Ellen G. Varfley, has been impeached by members of the National Representative Council (NRC), a subsidiary of the NTAL. This action, which many have termed as politically driven, took place on Monday, April 11.Members of the council have, however, mandated Rev. Varfley to turn over all NTAL properties in her possession to the secretariat through the office of the secretary-general.Rev. Varfley, however, reacted swiftly, telling the Daily Observer in a mobile phone interview that she remains NTAL’s legitimate president, adding, “So, nothing is going to worry me, because we have a constitution that governs the association.”In a related development, the Kparkparkon Public School, an elementary school, was last Sunday burglarized by some unknown persons who took away several instructional materials, including books, and chalks. The panel doors to all of the classrooms were also taken away by the burglars.VP Goah is, meanwhile, appealing to the public to help the school as the administration and the kids have been left frustrated by this unwarranted act.President Sirleaf yesterday toured several road projects currently ongoing in Margibi and Montserrado Counties. Some of the projects included the A. B. Tolbert Road, the extension of the pavement of the Marshall Road, Police Academy Road and the Somalia Drive project. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
13 September 2012 South Africa’s Science and Technology Department is strengthening its support for women academics in a bid to increase the number of women with doctorates and masters degrees, as well as develop more black women academics. Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said her department had introduced a number of interventions to increase the number of researchers and strengthen support for black women researchers through new funds added to the department in the last financial year. She was speaking at the 2012 Higher Education Resources Services SA (HERS-SA) academy held at the Upper Eastside Hotel in Cape Town on Wednesday. HERS-SA is a non-profit organisation advocated for the career development of women in academia. Strengthening support for emerging researchers Pandor said the National Research Foundation (NRF) had strengthened support for women through the Thuthuka programme, which is aimed particularly at young, black and female emerging researchers. A network of established researchers willing to serve as mentors to black researchers will be established and the department will also award about 115 once-off research development grants valued at up to R300 000 to qualifying researchers. Last year, just 29% of the 2 456 researchers that were rated by the NRF were women, while only 20% were black. The department will continue to make available block study-grants for part-time doctoral students and about 100 block study grants will be made in the next three years. The grants will support part-time doctoral students that are in the process of preparing a dissertation or at least one manuscript for submission to an accredited journal. The department will also offer research career advancement fellowships to senior post-doctoral fellows who will be groomed for potential candidates for the department’s Research Chairs initiative. Under the Research Chairs initiative, about 100 awards will be made in the next three years. The awards will consist of a taxable salary of R350 000 a year and a grant of up to R100 000 a year for operational and travel expenses.Women still under-represented She said although women now made up six out of every 10 first-degree graduates and honours graduates, women were still under-represented in higher degrees – the proportion of women Masters and PhD students only increased from three out of 10 to four out of 10 students between 2001 and 2009. Similarly, while progress had taken place in the enrolments and graduations of black women at honours and undergraduate levels, the number of black women fell dramatically at doctorate and master level. Pandor encouraged women academics to aim higher as the country only had three women vice-chancellors. What was needed was for more planning to be done to bring about the advancement of women in higher education, she said. Women in South Africa also needed to be pro-active and network more as this could help in their advancement and communication, and advocacy efforts needed to be increased so that more women came to know about the various programmes and initiatives available to women,. Source: SANews.gov.za
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