UL Seniors to Teach in Leeward Counties

first_imgAuthorities at the University of Liberia (UL) have decided to shortly launch a project titled “The National Service Program.”This internship program is in agreement with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s recent mandate, which urges the UL Administration to send graduating seniors into the teaching field for at least a semester prior to their graduation.President Sirleaf, at the launch of a three-year Education ‘Operation Plan (2014/16) on May 24, mandated her officials starting with the Minister and Deputies at the Ministry of Education (MOE), to return to the classrooms and teach the students for at least three months.In so doing, the President believes her officials will experience the ‘hardships and headaches’ teachers across the country endure in discharge of their respective duties.The expected exercise according to the President is for her appointees, particularly the ministers and their principal deputies at the MOE to feel the adversity of teaching in Liberian schools.The President’s mandate was interpreted as a means of inspiring her officials into defending the plight of teachers, who over the years have been protesting against low-to-non-existent salaries and other benefits.The Liberian leader also instructed authorities of UL to allow graduating seniors from the William V.S. Tubman Teachers’ College to go into the field and teach in the classrooms for at least a semester before they can be qualified for graduation.It is based on the presidential mandate that the UL authorities plans to launch the National Service Program, mainly for students that are benefiting from government’s scholarship.UL president, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis told reporters that the National Service Program intends to encourage students to move into the leeward counties to teach for one semester before graduation.He made the disclosure in an interview with reporters shortly after the MOE’s ‘Operational Plan’ was launched at the Monrovia City Hall.According to Dr. Dennis, the initiative of teaching in the classrooms was necessary to empower the students acquaint themselves with various teaching methodologies.Dr. Dennis indicated that launching the National Service Program for students that are government scholarship beneficiaries would eventually encourage all other university students to render national service before graduation.He called on the government to work in collaboration with UL Administration to plan the National Service Program which will encourage the students to help teach their brothers and sisters in the remote parts of the country.In another development, the president of the Bong County Technical College (BCTC), Dr. John S. Flomo, has called for collaborative efforts among the county leadership to ensure the speedy completion of the BCTC project.He said construction work on the BCTC, which began in 2012, has expended over US$4 million constituting 65 percent of the work being completed.Meanwhile, Dr. Flomo has pledged to commit himself to the college and to work hard to improve existing programs at each of the departments within the college’s programs.The BCTC contains the departments of Civil, Mining and Computer Engineering as well as Agriculture and Education. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

All down to Allam! Hull boss Bruce says new deal down to relationship with owner

first_imgHull City boss Steve Bruce says the faith of owner Assem Allam convinced him his future lies with the club.The 54-year-old, linked with both the Newcastle and Fulham jobs earlier this season, is set to end speculation he could be heading for the exit at the KC Stadium by penning a new three-year contract.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Bruce said: “I haven’t signed yet but I have shook hands [on it].“I am in quite a unique situation. I have got a terrific owner who wants to do well for the club. He is a really, really genuinely good man and I have enjoyed working for him.“I thought why not? He offered me the contract when we were in the bottom three, which tells you something about him.“We have been talking about it for months but it first reared its head when we were in the bottom three. He said, ‘I don’t want you to worry, sign a new deal, we have got every faith in you’. When you are working for someone like that, then you think why not [sign a new deal]?”Bruce is hoping to celebrate the new deal by steering Hull to victory against Leicester on Saturday.The Tigers are five points clear of the relegation zone ahead of their trip to the King Power Stadium, and Bruce is not playing down the importance of the game.“If we can go and get a result, I think it is going to be very, very difficult for Leicester to catch us,” he said.“When you are playing teams in and around you, if you can win them like we did against Villa a few weeks ago then it helps you enormously“If we can win on Saturday against Leicester we have got an outstanding chance of staying in the division.”last_img read more