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MCSS Supt. ‘Fake’ Credentials Anger Teachers

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first_imgMonrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) Teachers have accused their Superintendent, Aldophus B. Jacobs, of holding ‘fake academic credentials,’ which they claim explains why the MCSS is mismanaged.The teachers are demanding Jacobs’ removal or else they will lay down their chalks until he is not only removed, but investigated for “academic fraud.” The MCSS secretary-general, Varmah B. Gray, in an interview over the weekend at the Daily Observer’s McDonald Street offices, vowed not to allow any of the teachers operate under Mr. Jacobs, “because he does not have the requisite academic qualifications to lead the MCSS.” According to Mr. Gray, contrary to Supt. Jacobs’ claim that he obtained a Bachelor of Education (B.ED), Educational Administration/Higher Teachers Certificate (Secondary) in 1995 from Milton Margai College of Education in Sierra Leone, that college does not offer a degree program, only a certificate.Mr. Gray further revealed that the Margai College did not host any graduation ceremony in 1995, but rather held its third combined biennial ceremony of presentation of certificates for graduates of the 1994/95 and 1995/96 academic years on Saturday, April 19, 1997. In the souvenir program, Mr. Jacobs graduated among the least of students in Division III category with a certificate in Economics and English as opposed to his claim of graduating with a B.ED.“In fact, up to 2000, the Milton Margai College of Education was never a degree-granting institution, but offered a certificate program as indicated by the souvenir program sheet,” he said.Gray alleges that in other documents, Mr. Jacobs lied under oath that in 1988 he graduated from the William V.S. Tubman High School. He said Jacobs was expelled from the school in 1986, and as such, his name is not recorded in the brochure of graduates in 1988. “Mr. Jacobs doesn’t hold a Bachelor’s degree as stated in his curriculum vitae. Most disappointingly, he boasted so much about having graduated from and earned a Masters Degree in 2009 from the St. Joseph University (USA), but that university does not have a website to ascertain Mr. Jacob’s claims,”  said Gray. He then noted as part of the credentials drama that one cannot obtain a Master’s Degree in the absence of a Bachelor’s Degree in any academic discipline. But when the Daily Observer contacted Mr. Jacobs on Wednesday, March 11, via mobile phone, he refuted the allegation of being in possession of fake academic credentials. According to Mr. Jacobs, the assertion by Mr. Gray was an age old fairy-tale which he described as mere noise without anything substantive. On the teachers’ threat to protest against his alleged fake credentials Mr. Jacobs threatened to purge anyone doing so from the system, saying that “those making the statement have nothing tangible.” He meanwhile, urged teachers to desist from any protest action and instead continue to work in peace, or choose to continue the loudest noise about someone else’s “credible academic credentials.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Donegal schools urged to #DoSumGood for Children in Crossfire

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first_imgSchools across Donegal are being invited to ‘Do Sum Good’ by participating in the Children in Crossfire’s Maths Challenge 2018.The quiz competition allows classmates to collaborate in teams to solve maths problems themed around the developing world regions where Irish charity Children in Crossfire carries out life-saving work.The competition is designed to encourage pupils to learn about their roles as global citizens and engage them in fundraising activities to help others, while developing an understanding of the practical implications of maths. The questions have been set in partnership with mathematicians at Qubizm – an Irish company which created the Izak9 resource to engage children with mathematics. The challenge caters for children aged 6 to 16. Teachers can choose from one of six difficulty levels.Registration is now open and the competition begins on Monday, April 23 and participating classes have until Monday, May 4 to submit their answers and be in with a chance of winning. Prizes will be awarded for the winners of each level.Richard Moore, the founder of Children in Crossfire, has appealed to schools and teachers in Donegal to get involved and ‘Do Sum Good’ for children caught up in the crossfire of global poverty, injustice and inequality.“The Children in Crossfire’s Maths Challenge encourages children to engage with maths as an agent for change, using real and visible maths problems from our projects in the developing world. “By taking on the maths challenges set by our Izak9 partners at Qubizm and taking part in fundraising activities, pupils will be engaged in learning and in helping others to learn in Tanzania and Ethiopia. The money raised will go straight into supporting initiatives like our Early Childhood Development programme, which is making a real difference to the lives of many thousands of children in hundreds of schools in those countries.”Each school is invited to get creative with their fundraising activities and share them with the world on social media with #DoSumGood.“We’d be delighted to assist with any fundraising ideas and provide the resources needed. It could be a simple bake sale or coffee morning, a more traditional ‘no-uniform’ day, a daring ‘onesie’ day or something totally creative and unique,” Mr Moore added.Franz Schlindwein, creator of Izak9 and a former maths teacher, said: “The Children in Crossfire’s Maths Challenge is both fun and educational on so many levels. We’re delighted to support this excellent cause as it engages young people with mathematics, raises awareness of challenges faced by children in developing countries and helps fund vital projects in Ethiopia and Tanzania.”Children in Crossfire is an Irish charity which responds to the rights and needs of children and young people caught in the crossfire of global poverty, injustice and inequality. The patron of the not-for-profit organisation is His Holiness the Dalai Lama. For further information on the maths challenge log on to www.cicmathschallenge.com.#DoSumGoodDonegal schools urged to #DoSumGood for Children in Crossfire was last modified: April 20th, 2018 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)last_img read more