X-Ray on Liberia’s Education System
THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION, Prof. D. Ansu Sonii did not mince his words when he said at the Ministry of Information Press briefing last Thursday that President George Manneh Weah has expressed significant interest in seeing that every Liberian child begin to learn skills to prepare them for the job market when they leave school.
ACCORDING TO PROF. SONII, he has been motivated to begin a nationwide assessment of the status of the country’s education system in every county, adding that his action was motivated by comments made sometimes ago by ex-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf while in office that the country’s educational system is the country’s is in a mess.HE ADMITTED THAT from the assessment that he has made across the country, the stamen ought not to be taken for granted, adding that there is a dire need for all stakeholders in the education sector to converge on the campus of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) from May 21-24, to review and map a way forward in surmounting the challenges in a sector that is playing a vital role in shaping the destiny of the Liberian child.
WHAT PRESIDENT WEAH wants to see is that under his pro-poor agenda, every Liberian child should have access to quality education and the best in starting life. The country needs about 900 trained teachers, public and private schools need science laboratories.
INDEED SOME OF THE biggest challenges in the education sector lies with harmonizing the salaries of teachers in a way that teachers in the country are paid not on the basis of who knows you, but on the basis of qualifications, performance professional ethics and experience on the job.
FOR SO LONG THE educational system has been confused over whether to follow the American or the British system, few decades that confusion was laid to rest when Liberia joined the West African Examinations Council in the 1970s.
SINCE THEN SIGNIFICANT progress has been made as today Liberian students are proving that they are able to do what students in other English speaking West African countries can do either from the Firestone School system or the Catholic and Methodist school systems in Margibi and Montserrado counties.
WHAT PROF. SONII AND President George Weah want to see is that Liberian students should crave for excellence and be inspired to score good grades beyond a division eight passing mark, and this is why they are scouting here and there to create the learning environment for them to learn.
WE HOPE THAT WHEN stakeholders in Liberia’s educational sector meet in the historic city of Kakata, the home of BWI, one of the country’s valuable vocational institutions for skill learning, on May 21, 2018, they will come out with concrete recommendations that will give a boost to country’s educational sector with a view to enhance a legacy of hope.