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Teenager Calls for Rigid School Supervision

first_imgA Paynesville primary school student in is calling on the Ministry of Education to step up efforts to effectively supervise schools to ensure that Liberian children get the requisite primary education they deserve.Student Melvina Monjolo of the Mount Carmel Open Bible Standard School in the 72nd community said primary education serves as foundation for upcoming children, and as such materials enshrined in the curriculum should be considered with sincerity.Speaking as a valedictorian of the 6th grade class on Sunday July 6, Ms. Monjolo said the MOE should put in place a rigid supervision exercise of schools across the country to make sure that Liberian students have all of what it takes to become better students.Liberia’s Education system is being polluted by malpractices ranging from sale of grades to sexual exploitation.Reports have emerged on many occasions connecting teachers to intimidating students even at elementary and kindergarten level to pay certain amounts of money to pass.This situation nowadays has caused students to disregard studying their lessons since financial payments and in some instances sex for grades can allow anyone to receive a promotion at the end of the school year.Student Monjolo, 14, said: “As our country experiences severe economic instability, we are convinced that only students with solid academic foundation that have the mind set to pursue their education will be the ones to transform Liberia.”“In this light, I want to urge the Ministry of Education to pay a more attention to supervision of our schools, especially, the elementary schools in order to give Liberian children the needed primary education.“This means that MOE should provide essential instructional materials, better learning environment, and train teachers who will not harass, intimidate, and abuse us. If this is done, young girls and boys will be encouraged to pay attention to their lessons rather than loitering around,” she said.Student Monjolo noted that she and her colleagues, whom she described as “academic candles”, recognized the honor of leaving one level to progress to the next because they spent their nights and parts of their days studying.“It is extraordinary because the elementary division of any institution is cardinal since it is where a student gets the foundation,” she stressed.“Many may have left these walls and considered the Mount Carmel Open Bible School as his or her alma mater, of which we are no exception. One thing we can assure our administration is that they must have confidence in our competence, trusting that we will do what they taught us and will ably represent this institution,” she emphasized.“We do appreciate the sound and solid academic foundation that this institution offers. We are satisfied with the level of instruction thus far; but in our country as a whole, there is still much to get our system to be like other developing African countries,” student Melvina said.Melvina intoned that she sees the honor as a challenge which obligates them to be more courageous and focused for greater achievements.May I say to you congratulations, graduating class. Your name “Copy Head” suggests that what you have learned may go for life, that which a copybook cannot do.”Melvina expressed gratitude to the administration, faculty and staff for the fatherly cordial relationship existing between teachers and students in the school.“Your interest is to academically mold the minds of your students and give them moral teaching with biblical backing, she noted.”The Principal of the school, Evangelist Mark Kangar, lauded the graduating classes for the steadfastness and discipline students exhibited, and called on other students to follow suit.Principal Kangar described the students as children who are always determined to acquire education.The graduation ceremony was the 15th exercise of the school. Over 20 students from the K-II and about ten from 6th grade graduated at the ceremony, which witnessed a huge presence of parents and relatives.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Gratitude in an age of abundance

first_imgIS Thanksgiving obsolete? The question seems jarring on this, the one day a year society sets aside specifically for the purposes of expressing gratitude. But consider that when the Pilgrims established the first Thanksgiving, they were celebrating the mere fact that they hadn’t starved to death in the New World. These days, our food is so abundant that, for most of us, obesity poses a far, far greater threat than does starvation. Today, abundance can seem more like a burden than a blessing. More importantly, though, Thanksgiving is a reminder of the need for gratitude itself. In our affluence, it’s easy to take our blessings for granted. Rather than being grateful for food and shelter, we find ourselves wanting for the latest consumer good, fighting the crowds on “Black Friday” morning to get the best deals. For one day, though, Thanksgiving reminds us that we can take nothing for granted. Not our freedom, not our livelihoods, not our soldiers, our firefighters, our teachers our parents – or the security that allows us to spend a day feasting with loved ones and watching football. In this respect, Thanksgiving is anything but obsolete – it’s crucial to our psychic and spiritual health. So enjoy the day and all that it represents. Happy Thanksgiving!160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsEven so, Thanksgiving is far from obsolete. Indeed, it’s arguably more important now than ever. It’s important, first and foremost, because we have so much to be grateful for – our freedom, our health, our loved ones, our food, our families, and the historically unprecedented level of safety and comfort that comes with living in this, the most prosperous nation in this, the most prosperous time in history. It’s important, too, because in taking stock of all that we’ve been given, we are reminded of those who have been given less. We need not look far within our own communities and the world to see those who are hungry, impoverished, without hope. And we need look only in our own lives to see those who are sick, lonely, jobless or struggling. In Thanksgiving, we see the stark juxtaposition of suffering in an age of abundance. And this is a reminder of our obligation to help wherever we can. last_img read more

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Datebook 2/5

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Bird Walk, 8 a.m., Topanga State Park. Take Topanga Canyon Boulevard south, turn left on Entrada Road. Sunday hike, 8 a.m., Temescal Gateway Park, Pacific Palisades. Park is near Temescal Canyon and Sunset boulevards. After-the-Burn Wildflower Discovery Walk, 9:30 a.m., Cheeseboro/Palo Camado canyons. For meeting place, call (818) 348-5910. Park is north on 101 Freeway, Cheeseboro exit, turn north on Palo Camado Canyon Road, then right on Cheeseboro Road. Teenage sleuths will get a chance to solve a murder mystery, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Westlake Village Library, 31220 Oak Crest Drive, Westlake Village. Free. (818) 865-9230. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The Bluez Boyz, a teen jazz band, will host a nonprofit concert to benefit Many Mansions, 4 p.m., Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks. Tickets $25 and can be purchased at, or Many Mansions at (805) 496-4948, Ext.36. Don Sweetnam, project manager for the Genesis mission at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will speak about the origin of our solar system, 7:45 p.m., Los Angeles Valley College Planetarium, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen. Free. (818) 947-2335. Note: The California Assembly Candidate Forum/Debate at the Topanga Community House in Topanga Canyon has been rescheduled for Feb. 19. (310) 455-4060. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail read more

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first_imgA large number of people from Co Donegal who applied for a postal vote in the 1985 local elections were ineligible, a Garda investigation concluded.Four fifths of the applications for postal votes in Co Donegal in advance of the 1985 County Council elections were not valid.Confidential government documents released under the 30 year archive papers show that four fifths of the applications were ruled as invalid, and only 634 out of 3,274 applicants from Co Donegal were entitled to a vote. A Garda investigation into the matter was initiated in June 1985 on foot of a complaint by the secretary of Donegal County Council.It uncovered serious questions about the authenticity of signatures and the occupation of many applicants. In many cases, different ink was used between the completion and signing of the forms.Further suspicion arose after some people denied ever having made an application when a council official returned forms seeking further information.Others returned different occupations to their original application, while some alleged witnesses to applicants’ signatures denied they had in fact witnessed such signatures. In one instance, a council official who called to an address from which a number of applications had allegedly emanated. He found the premises occupied by students who had no knowledge of the forms. They had apparently been approached by an unidentified male who advised them to say that they had made the applications and that the ballot papers would be collected from them when they arrived.The Government memo indicated that gardaí were going to investigate 2,640 questionable applications.The greatest proportion of suspect forms came from the Glenties and Milford electoral areas.In a preliminary report to the Department of Justice, Chief Superintendent A J Murtagh of Letterkenny Garda station said the suspected irregularities did not seem to have been organised by a central or individual organisation.30 YEAR PAPERS REVEAL 80% OF DONEGAL POSTAL VOTE INVALID was last modified: December 30th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:30 yearsarchive papersdonegalpostal votevotelast_img read more

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first_imgTHERE were heartbreaking scenes as teenager Callum Dale was laid to rest in Buncrana.Hundreds of mourners packed into Cockhill Church to hear parish priest Fr John Walsh pay tribute to the 13-year-old.Callum, who suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome, died late last Thursday night after being hit by a car not far from his home. His dad Peter was seriously injured in the incident. He was able to attend the funeral with the aid of wheelchair.He sat alongside Callum’s mother Deirdre, supported by close relatives and friends throughout the touching funeral Mass.They heard parish priest Fr John Walsh pay tribute to the boy for his incredible intelligence, telling stories about how he had asked questions at school which other children hadn’t.Fr Walsh said: “Deirdre has told me that their lives will never be the same again. “He was her whole life and she had fought for him every day. Peter, Deirdre and Callum – the three of them have been inseparable.“Both Deirdre and Peter feel a huge gaping emptiness in their lives. Callum has given them so much.”Mourners in the chapel wept openly; pupils from Callum’s school Crana College, their teachers and their many friends and relatives.Prayers were said for Callum’s granny who is ill in London and who was unable to attend the Mass.And there were also prayers from the woman whose car collided with Callum and his dad last week. Fr Walsh said Callum faced many challenges in his life but underneath he was a bright and beautiful child.Callum was laid to rest afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.HEARTACHE AS TRIBUTES PAID TO BEAUTIFUL, BRIGHT CALLUM was last modified: March 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Asperger’s SyndromebuncranaCallum DaleCockhillroad tragedylast_img read more

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