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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

No new schools to offer CAPE next year

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first_imgThe Education Ministry on Monday said it has no plans to add more schools to the list of existing ones that offer the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). This is according to the Ministry’s Public Relations Officer, Murtland Haley. In a brief interview with this newspaper on Monday, Haley said no such plans were discussed. He, however, assured that if the Ministry so decides, the information will be shared with the media.The PRO reminded that this year for the very first time, students in Linden sat the examinations at the Christianburg Wismar Secondary.Statistics shared by the Ministry on CAPE results showed that nine students sat 25 subjects in total during the exam at that secondary school. Further, a pass rate of 92 per cent was recorded there.In Guyana, only 15 centres allow students to sit CAPE. These centres are found in only four of the 10 administrative regions.These regions and the centres are: 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) – Mackenzie High School, Christianburg Wismar Secondary; Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) – Berbice High, New Amsterdam Secondary, Guyana Private; Four (Demerara-Mahaica) – President’s College, Bishops’ High, Queen’s College, St Joseph’s High, St Rose’s High, St Stanislaus College, Marian Academy, Adult Education Association and Chase’s Academy; Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) – West Demerara Secondary School.This year, during the months of May and June, 880 candidates from 10 secondary schools and five private institutions wrote the examinations in Guyana.Last year, 923 entries were received. Some 4224 subject entries were recorded in 2018 while 4223 were received this year. A pass rate of 93 per cent was maintained.This year, results for CAPE and the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) examinations were announced on August 14.An increase was noted in the number of candidates securing Grades One and Two passes, as students obtained a 100 per cent pass rate in 31 units along with 75 per cent or more in another 30 units.Bishops’ High secured this year’s best overall pass rates, having attained 98.44 per cent, within the public school system. Meanwhile, the Saraswati Vidya Niketan private school achieved a 100 per cent overall pass rate.The Ministry had listed former top CSEC performer Michael Bhopaul of Queen’s College as best CAPE student. Bhopaul secured Grade One passes in eight units, however, it was later disclosed that Shanomae Milling of St Rose’s High School is this year’s top student.Milling, according to the Ministry, wrote 11 units and achieved nine grade ones and two grade twos.last_img read more