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1 Status of Science, technology & innovation in Liberia Science, technology & innovation workshop in Mali May 11, 2010

2 Organizational Structure The Ministry of Education The National Commission on Higher Education 1 public university 5 private universities The Department of Instruction The Bureau of Vocation & Technology The Division of Science & technology relevant agencies of government and partners Agricultural research, bio- medical research

3 STI Status pre & post conflict Pre-conflict status (before 1990) - Structure of primary & secondary education changed from 8 – 4 system to 6 – 3 – 3 where science subjects are taught separately in the last 3 years - Science education emphasized at tertiary level - Vocation schools established, equipped and made functional - 5 centers were established where S & T teachers were trained - IT system was setup for data collection of schools

4 STI Status pre & post conflict Transitional period ( ) - Conflict erupted, school infrastructures were destroyed - All systems put in place were derailed

5 STI Status pre & post conflict Post conflict (after 2003) - Baseline data collected by the M&E division of the Ministry of Education - Nos. of primary and secondary school teachers (trained and untrained) - Nos. of schools from secondary to tertiary level with equipped and functioning science labs - Nos. of qualified science professors at tertiary level

6 STI Status pre & post conflict Post conflict (after 2003) contd Results from baseline studies. - 29% of teachers in the secondary schools teach science - 24% of secondary science teachers (16,199) are trained - Less than 1% of senior high schools (396) have equipped and functioning science labs - 65% of the lecturers in the sciences at tertiary level are unqualified - All science laboratories at tertiary level are poorly equipped and lack reagents

7 STI Funding - Education allocation is 15% of national budget contrary to 25% of FTI bench mark thus less than 0.5% of GDP is committed to STI - Various agencies of government, grants to tertiary institutions for sponsorship and research

8 R & D performing institutions -Agriculture Research Institute -Tertiary Institutions -Bio-Medical Research -Ministry of Health

9 S & T Policies Currently, Liberia does not have policy on S&T however, discussions are underway in developing S&T policy - Baseline data are being collected in this direction

10 S & T Indicators Ideally, when the S&T policies are established, indicators will be developed for tracking

11 Current priority needs - Develop national STI policies - Rehabilitation of S&T infrastructures - capacity building in STI

12 Thank you for your attention


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