The Ministry of Education has frowned on the action of some institutions that violate the Ministry’s “No Graduation Mandate” for academic school level (K1 to Grade 12).
The Ministry cautions all school-administrators operating within the boundaries of Liberia and under its directive to refrain from such gross disregard for policies and guidelines.
School administrators, proprietors/proprietress and secretariats are warned to desist from holding any form of graduation ceremony, thanksgiving, or any form of honoring program for any level of students, ranging from K1 to Grade 12, until January 2021 and under advisement.
The Ministry affirms that anyone found in non-compliance will be fined and if the institution fails to comply, its operational permit shall be revoked.
Important to note that once a school’s operational permit is revoked by the Ministry, it will automatically be denied chances of benefiting from any government’s assistance programs or related partners’ interventions, including scholarship, payment of students WASSCE fees, and also risk their students WASSCE eligibility status suspended.
A recent report of the LIGHT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SYSTEM (LISS) resulted in a fine of LRD 300,000.00 (Three Hundred Thousand Liberian Dollars) levied against the institution for hosting what it termed as “Senior Class Souvenir and Farewell program”.
However, the Light International School System has since apologized for its action, citing the situation as an honest error and misunderstanding.
In an official letter to the Ministry of Education, the LISS expressed regret and affirms its value for a cordial relationship with the Ministry of Education which is the sole regulator of the Education System. The Ministry also has acknowledged the apology.
According to a release the public is encouraged to report any such occurrence to the Ministry of Education by calling 1416 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org