Samuel Johnson & Mary Mulbah

National Teachers Association of Liberia
Focus Area(s): 
Civil Service
Critical Tasks: 
Corruption in the Civil Service
Enforcement
Evaluating performance
Organization and staffing
Payroll delivery
Performance management system
Ranks and grades
Skills certification
Interviewers: 
Blay Kenyah
Country of Reform: 
Liberia
Town/City: 
Monrovia
Country: 
Liberia
Date of Interview: 
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Abstract 

Mary Mulbah and Samuel Johnson were teachers’ union leaders at the time of the interview. They explain the basis of their opposition to a ghost-worker removal and teacher certification effort carried out by Liberia’s Ministry of Education in 2017, with support from Big Win Philanthropy. The stated purpose of that program was to improve the quality of education in Liberia’s schools. At the time the project started, the Ministry of Education also launched a separate experimental program with the international for-profit network of schools, Bridge Academies, to manage several model schools. The union opposed the Bridge Academies initiative, and the objections carried over to the program to remove ghost workers and require testing and re-training of teachers some teachers. This interview helps readers understand the teachers’ union view of the vetting program. This interview was edited to reduce repetition and provide clarifying information. 

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Keywords 
ghost workers
establishment control
competency tests