Paying for Grades by Lorina Kolleh of UNICEF Radio

November 3, 2010 in Youthcast by Molly Adams


As Liberia slowly recovers from a 14-year-long civil war, its educational system retains some of the lawlessness that reigned during the conflict.  Lorinah Kolleh, a 15-year-old from Kakata, Liberia, says that throughout the country, students and teachers often bribe each other for better grades.

“An even bigger problem,” Lorinah says, “is teachers exploiting female students for grades.”

I got the lead on this week’s feature from Jones Franzel, who runs Generation PRX.  It comes from the UNICEF Radio, which covers stories that focus on the health, education, equality and protection of children.  Jones wrote me about this piece, saying, “Talk about being brave and direct with your questions.”


Lorinah was one of the participants in a week-long radio production workshop for 7 young people from Liberia. You can hear more of UNICEF Radio’s unique and bold stories at their PRX page.

Intro music is by Phoenix.
Outro music is "Memories of a Machine" by (Mastermind XS) / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0