Companies and NGOs are set to take over 120 of Liberia’s primary schools under a pilot scheme aimed at raising standards, but not everyone approves

Headteacher Daniel Johnson laughs at the question. “What are my biggest issues? That’s an easy answer. Teachers.”

He waves an arm across the playground of Virginia public high school in Virginia community, Montserrado County, north-west Liberia. “I don’t have enough teachers. Many leave the profession because they don’t feel respected or get paid on time,” he says. “I have to go to their houses and beg them to come to work.”

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