The Ministry of Education (MOE) has distributed a total of 2,320,000 books to public schools throughout the country for academic year 2015/2016, Deputy Information Minister Isaac Jackson has disclosed.
Deputy Minister Jackson named books distributed as 1.3 million supplementary readers, 1,000,000 textbooks and 20,000 teacher guides covering Math, Science, Social Studies and English.
Jackson told the Ministry of Information regular press briefing Tuesday that the textbooks are intended for students from 5th to 9thgrade, while the supplementary readers are meant for students from grades One to Four.
Jackson said MOE discovered during the distribution an increase in enrollment in some schools, while there was a decrease in others, noting that this resulted in miscalculations in the process.
He added that “where the number of students was under-calculated during the distribution process, books and materials will be redistributed.”
He indicated that MOE is committed to giving each student from Monrovia to the rural communities the same access to textbooks and other learning materials.
In addition to receiving new books and instructional materials, Jackson said teachers have been participating in training and professional development workshops to prepare them adequately for the classrooms.
According to Jackson, 8,390 teachers, administrators and PTA members
from both public and private institutions have benefited from a three-week training focusing on the pedagogy and psycho-social expertise.
He pointed out that the 20,000 teacher guides were also provided to ensure the security of the books in the schools.
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