26 April 2016
Liberia has made plans to put the educational system in the hands of private bodies and charities with little or no input from the government.
In 2013, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf decried the public school system, calling it “a mess”. Years of conflict and the epidemic of Ebola in the country have definitely set it back but Education Minister George Werner hopes to change that.
Starting in September, 50 of the country’s 5,000 primary schools are going to be taken over by the private,Kenya-based company Bridge International Academies. The new plans seem sure to be efficient but many have criticized the government’s decision calling it an attack on the nature of education as a public good for all. It is unclear whether the detractors understand that the education will still be free for parents but will be run by the private body.