–As Teachers Go Slow
By Esau J. Farr
Fresh report emerging from the Western Liberian County of Gabrpolu says hundreds of public school teachers are continuing an indefinite go-slow action in demand of three months areas.
The strike which began on Monday, November 26, 2018 has concerned education authorities of not only the county, but also the country as a whole since it comes just days to the writing of the 2nd Marking Period.
An estimated 500 teachers are carrying out the go-slow affecting all public schools in Gbarpolu County.
FARBRIC Radio Correspondent in the county quoted education authorities as saying, the delay in the payment of the teachers’ arrears is as a result of the recent robbery at the Afriland Bank in the County.
It can be recalled that in September this year some unknown men reportedly armed with gun and other dangerous weapons put the only security man on guard at the bank under gun-point, broke into the bank and made away with more than nine million Liberian (LRD$1000,000) Dollars and more than two (2) thousand United Dollars.
The money according to Finance Ministry authorities was intended to pay county officials and teachers under the auspice of the Ministry of Education.
But the money was reportedly taken away from the save of the bank the night after it was carried into the county.
The situation has brought all payments of the salaries of government officials in Gbarpolu County for three months now forcing both teachers on government’s payroll and volunteers to lay down their chalks.
Urgent intervention is needed on the part of government to remedy the situation especially when students are poised to write test and also need early preparation for the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination, WASSCE.