Liberia – the country that wants to privatise its primary schools

_89376478_img_0808 {By Jonathan Paye-Layleh /BBC Africa} – Liberia has a radical plan to hand the running of all primary and nursery schools over to private companies and charities.

Observing a first grade lesson at a primary school on Somalia Drive in the capital, Monrovia, it is easy to see that changes need to be made.

Around 50 pupils are in the crowded classroom, some students have to stand because of a lack of chairs. The teacher is having difficulty being heard over the noise and there are not enough teaching resources.

The country’s education system was branded “a mess” in 2013 by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after all 25,000 high school graduates that year failed to pass the University of Liberia’s entrance examination.

Education Minister George Werner has been looking for a way to make a dramatic change in order to put the country’s schools on a par with others in West Africa. READ MORE OF THIS STORY

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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.