The controversy that affected the recent elections of the Monrovia Consolidated Scholl System’s Teachers Association (MCSCTA) will now be a thing of the past as a new Independent Elections Commission (IEC) has been set.According to a press release from the Commission, Mr. J. Mason Saweler is now head of the IEC as chairman. He will be assisted by seven members.Mr. Saweler is the president of the Liberia National Handball Association (LNHA).His co-chairperson is Ms. Sonita Dangan with Mr. J. Nwanakula Paye as secretary.Other members are Mr. John K. Cummings and Ms. Quita Kumakeh. The release said the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) and the University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) would each submit a representative as members of the Commission.Chairman Saweler said the Commission has begun its work and elections are set for February 17, 2017 with the debate set for February 16, 2017.“We are working to ensure that candidates contest in the spirit of transparency,” Saweler said, “it is regrettable that efforts at holding elections for the members resulted into controversies and we can assure the MCSSTA members that fairness will be our watchword.”The release said the result of the selection of the Independent National Election (INE) was communicated to MCSS Superintendent Benjamin A. Jacobs on November 28, 2016.“As we strive for a better institution, it is our ardent hope that we will do all in our power to make this process a success,” Saweler said.He called on MCSSTA members to cooperate with the Independent Elections Commission (IEC) to bring honor to the organization in particular and to the educational system as a whole, the release said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
20 October 2009The United States has partnered with South Africa to strengthen academic programmes, skills development and student support at 12 selected further education and training (FET) colleges in the country.The US-South Africa Partnership for Skills Development, which brings together South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training and the United States Agency for International Development, was launched in Waterberg in Limpopo province this week.The US$6.7-million (about R49.1-million) programme, which will operate over a three years at FET colleges in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, will be implemented by the American Council on Education and American Association of Community Colleges.The programme will work to strengthen the FET college sector’s institutional capacity in student support services programmes. It will offer a wide range of professional development programmes for college lecturers, while providing consultative support through partnerships with the private sector and exchange opportunities with US colleges and universities.Transforming educationThe programme will build on past US and South African government cooperative efforts to strengthen the role of FET colleges to help train and provide employment opportunities for South Africa’s underemployed, particularly those under the age of 25.“We are delighted to have this opportunity to help build new bridges between the US and South African higher education communities, and in doing so, help South Africa tap into lessons learned from US community colleges to expand the learning opportunities for disadvantaged youth,” the American Council of Education’s Madeleine Green said in a statement.Community colleges are the largest and fastest growing sector of higher education in the US, enrolling close to half (46%) of all undergraduates.“We hope that this collaboration will help the South African FET colleges transform the way education and services are delivered to students and establish new relationships with their communities,” added the American Association of Community Colleges’ James McKenney.‘Key institutions’In his State of the Nation Address earlier this year, President Jacob Zuma identified FET colleges as primary sites for skills development over the next five years.In addition, FET colleges have been identified as key to broadening post-school education and training opportunities.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
Raj Singh, Special Secretary in the Department of Justice of the Yogi Adityanath government, has written to the District Magistrate and the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Muzaffarnagar on January 5 on withdrawing, in “public interest”, riot-related cases filed in Muzaffarnagar against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders.Some of the BJP leaders booked on charges of provoking the riots include former Union Minister and party MP from Muzaffarnagar Sanjiv Balyan, Bijnor MP Bhartendu Singh, Thana Bhawan MLA and Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Sugar-cane Development, Sugar Mills, Industrial Development Suresh Rana, Budhana MLA Umesh Malik, and party leader Sadhvi Prachi. The letter sought information from the two senior officials on 13 points. The names of the leaders are not mentioned but the file numbers related to the riot cases against them are stated. Hate speechesThe BJP leaders were booked for inciting violence through their speeches in a mahapanchayat (public meeting) at Nagla Mandaur on August 30, 2013, ahead of riots that took place in the first week of September 2013. They were charged under Sections 188 (violating prohibitory orders), 354 (assault or criminal force to deter public servants from discharging their duty) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code. Nearly 60 people were killed and 40,000 displaced in communal clashes that took place in the aftermath of retaliatory ‘mahapanchayats’ held in the area in August 2013. The BJP leaders have termed the hate-speech cases “politically motivated” and “vendetta politics” of the then government led by the Samajwadi Party (SP) .
A group of villagers and relatives of a woman allegedly thrashed a man to death suspecting his motives when he entered a house at Lavera Kalan in the Bhopalgarh area of Jodhpur district’s ;ate on Tuesday night. The victim, Rampal Jat, 30, was stated to be an employee of a gas agency.The police have arrested five persons, two of them women. While Rampal’s father, Koja Ram Jat, said in his complaint to the police that his son had gone to the village to attend to a complaint of gas leak, villagers doubted his intentions because there was no one except a woman in the house when he had come.Lavera Kalan village is predominantly inhabited by the nomadic tribal Bawari community. The villagers allegedly attacked Rampal with sticks and other objects and left him to die on the spot. When the police reached the site, he had died.The police have launched an investigation after arresting the five accused — Shravan Ram, Kamal Kishore, Ramprakash, Vimla and Chayati Devi — identified in the FIR. Rampal’s body was handed over to his family after a post-mortem in Mathura Das Mathur Government Hospital in Jodhpur.Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot expressed anguish over the incident, which occurred shortly after the alleged lynching of dairy farmer, Rakbar Khan, in Alwar district. “It has once again proved [that] there is no law and order in Rajasthan, as people are taking the law in their hands almost everyday,” he tweeted.