Liberia’s controversial school reforms divide the nation a year on

Under the controversial scheme private education companies take over the day-to-day running of schools like the Cecelia Dunbar School, about 30 kilometres from Monrovia.

On a weekday morning in Cecelia Dunbar School, a bumpy hour’s drive from Liberia’s capital, a group of seven-year-olds concentrate on their math’s lesson, seated at individual wooden desks.

Children at schools like Cecelia Dunbar read and count at a level improved by 60 percent from a year ago — proof, according to the government and private education companies, that a bold experiment for one of the world’s worst education systems has succeeded.

“The approaches that each of the providers are bringing in are showing results,” said Christina PioCosta-Lahue, the managing director of Rising Academies Liberia, which operates 29 schools on the government’s behalf under the Partnership Schools Programme launched last year.

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Source: Daily Mail/AFP

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.