-For Reportedly Owing Teachers’ Arrears Since September 2017
By Reuben Sei Waylaun
Bridge International Academy and the Ministry of Education have been invited by the House of Representatives to explain why teachers in the employ of the academy haven’t been pay their salaries since September 2017.
The House’s decision was triggered by a communication from Nimba County electoral district seven Representative Roger Domah calling the attention of his colleagues on what he calls serious concern from the aggrieved teachers of Bridge Partnership Schools under the Liberia Education Advancement Program (LEAP) being implemented by Bridge International Academy.
In his communication, the Nimba lawmaker said a number of aggrieved teachers in the Bridge International Academy’s sponsored schools across his district complained that since September 2017, they have been working without salaries.
Following the reading of the communication in open session, several lawmakers endorsed the communication for MoE and Bridge International Academy to appear because similar situation was being experience in all of Bridge International Academy’s operational areas across the country.
During the deliberations, Margibi County Representative Ben Fofana said Bridge International Academy has an agreement with the Liberian Government and they must be brought in session to explain their compliance issue as well.
House Speaker Bhofal Chambers, Representatives Matthew Zarzar of Sinoe and Nathaniel Barway of Grand Kru Counties all expressed disappointment and immediately agreed for Bridge International Academy and the Ministry of Education to appear for questioning.
After the deliberations, Nimba County electoral district one Representative Jeremiah Kpan Koung filed a motion that Bridge International Academy, others involved in LEAP come along with the Ministry of Education this Thursday to explain why Liberians are being treated in such manner.