‘Evil Spirits’ on MOE Payroll

first_imgThe Assistant Minister for Teachers’ Education at the Ministry of Education (MOE) said he has unearthed names of those he claimed are “ghosts and evil spirits” on the payroll of the Ministry of Education.The alleged recent discovery, according to Assistant Minister Moses Blonkanjay Jackson, has resulted into making the country’s education system becoming the ‘staggering situation’ where the students are grossly affected.The Assistant Minister vowed to bring to the attention of authorities at the Ministry of Finance and CSA what he termed as “evil spirits,” than the usual suspected “ghosts names,” that have always appeared on the payroll.“The issue of ghost names on MOE payroll has formed part of common conversation in various circles. Unfortunately, while the MOE is chasing ghosts in the schools, there are ghosts right under its very eyes at the central offices on 3rd Street in Sinkor,” Assistant Minister Blonkanjay Jackson disclosed. The Assistant Education Minister made the revelation Sunday, May 18, when he served as guest speaker at program marking the 14th Commencement Convocation of the Liberia Educational Action for Development (LEAD) National Teachers Training Program where 24 trainees graduated in the various methods of teaching.  He spoke on the topic, “Legacy of Liberia: Staggering Education with all Kinds of Teachers.”The teachers’ training program is instituted by LEAD to complement government’s strive at revamping the education sector. But in the mind of Assistant Minister Jackson, these people—who the MOE authorities claimed to be ghosts, are not ghosts, but ‘evil spirits’ that need to be uprooted entirely from the education sector. “These evil spirits,” he observed, “go to work each working day and accomplish nothing, but to sit behind their computers, play games and watch movies until it was time to go home.” Although they do not work, he asserted that they are on MOE payroll and receiving all their benefits; “they never miss lunch time, and they are the first to leave their respective offices each day; they never get deleted from the payroll, because they are not considered to be ghosts. “Unfortunately,” he said, “some officials from the Civil Service Agency (CSA) and the Ministry of Finance’s paymasters, who have no clue of the excruciating pain that our poor teachers go through to get on payroll, think it is funny to withhold teachers’ checks or delete their names, because they are not physically present at a time and place to answer to roll call.”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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Not thinking about World Cup: Vijay Shankar after helping India win 2nd ODI vs Australia

first_imgBrief scores – India (250) beat Australia (242) by 8 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. Stoinis (52), Handscomb (48), Kuldeep (3/54), Shankar (2/15). Highlights | Match Report | ScorecardHis last-over heroics against Australia may have brightened his World Cup chances but all-rounder Vijay Shankar says he is not thinking on those lines and would just stay in the moment.Captain Virat Kohli handed the ball to Shankar when Australia needed 11 runs from the last over and India required two wickets for a win. Shankar dismissed Marcus Stoinis and Adam Zampa in three balls, delivering when it mattered.He may have made a case for himself with this performance to make the squad for the World Cup but Shankar is not thinking on those lines.”I’ve said previously also that I never think about the selection or World Cup thing because it’s a long way off from now. Every game is very important. I just look to give my best and win a game for the team,” said the Tamil Nadu all-rounder.#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/OTkDUVG25uBCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019Shankar said the tough final of the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka last year when he struggled to rotate strike was a big learning curve for him and it helped him in pressure situation today.”To be honest the Nidahas Trophy has taught me too many things. Actually, I learnt to how to stay neutral after that. Be it high or low, it doesn’t matter. I need to stay calm and neutral all the time.”advertisement”I was just ready for the challenge because I knew I had to bowl that one over. And I was just telling (myself) after the 43rd-44th over, I am going to bowl anytime. Maybe the last over and I should be ready to defend a total of 10 runs or 15 runs. So, I was mentally prepared for that.”The young all-rounder said experienced Jasprit Bumrah also guided him while approaching the final over.”After the 48th over, Bumrah came up to me and said the ball is reversing a bit. He told me that I need to hit the right length on this wicket, where I give myself a chance to hit the stumps.When he said that, I was clear mentally that the only way to defend those runs is by picking wickets and if I can bowl straighter, (I’ll) give myself a chance to take wickets,” he said adding that he only bowled the last over for his club side before this.Shankar said he would not over-react after taking match-winning wickets but is glad that he could help the tea win.”Just because I got the two wickets in the last over does not make me feel really high or happy. I am trying to enjoy the moment and then go ahead with that.”He also batted well, contributed 46 runs off 41 balls before being run out in an unfortunate manner.”When you get run out like this, I won’t say unfortunate, that was struck and he (Kohli) hit the ball so hard and I didn’t have much time to get back in (to the crease) but then these things happen in cricket. As long as I bat well and as long as contribute to the team’s win, I will be happy.”Also Read | I was waiting for this opportunity: Vijay Shankar after last-over heroics vs AustraliaAlso Read | India second team after Australia to register 500 ODI winsAlso Read | Virat Kohli on 40th ODI hundred: It’s just a number, more proud of our 2nd inningslast_img read more

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