Margibi Education Officer Warns Against Extortion of Money from Students Ahead of National Exam

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KAKATA: The head of the Margibi County School System (MCSS) , has warned administrators and teachers of various learning institutions in the County against using the prevailing situation to extort money from students.

Mr. Stephen H. Toe call comes barely a week to the administering of the Liberia National Exams across Liberia.

It can be recalled that the Ministry of Education recently set up a timetable for the administering of the different exams beginning next Monday.

According to a release from the Ministry, 3rd graders will on Monday, July 19, 2021, sit for the assessment test while on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 20 & 21, 2021 6th Grade National Examination will be administered.

The release indicates that Thursday – Friday, July 22 & 23 are the dates set for the 9th Grade National Examination while the 12th Grade Examination is September 10- 30, 2021 respectively.

Appearing on a local radio talk show (Day Break Margibi) in Kakata on Monday, July 12, 2021, Mr. Toee said school administrators and teachers should not use the adjustment made in the academic calendar to extort money from the student community.

“While we are in these times, we are fighting and focus on COVID-19 which becomes our common enemy, let me sound out this caveat; we hope that no one uses this situation to exploit our students” he warned.

He continued: “We hope that we will work accordingly that no one uses this means to exploit our students, let our students write the exams in peace, and there will be no extortion, no money for assignment and no sex for grade”.

Mr. Toe notes that any public school administrator or teacher that will be caught extorting money from the student (s) in the name of giving a test, he/she will be investigated and if found guilty, said teacher will be dismissed in line with the Civil Servant Agency standing order.

The Margibi CEO said purity measure also awaits private, community, and faith-based schools teachers who will be caught in similar acts adding that he/they will not be allowed to teach under the Margibi County School System.

He stated that in these times he knows what can happen indicating that he’s trying to discourage anyone that might want to get involved in the act of extorting money from students.

The Margibi Education Boss admonished students and parents to report any teacher or administrator that will request students to put money in any given assignment in the name of completing the academic year.

He at the same time disclosed that the issue of collecting flexibility fees is seriously discouraged and will not be accepted as violators will be punished.

Mr. Toe called on school administrators to enforce the order to avoid future embarrassment.

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