Teachers Recruitment Drive Launched
-Min.Sonii Comments On WASSCE Results and Fees
In continuation of efforts to boost Liberia’s education sector, Minister,Professor Ansu D. Sonii Sr. has announced plans to commence recruitment drive to fill teaching positions across the country ahead of 2018/2019 academic year.
Making the disclosure recently at a news conference in Monrovia, Min. Soniicalled on all qualified Liberians wishing to help educate the next generation to begin making their applications, saying, “We want to welcome the application of qualified personnel wanting to work with the Ministry. There will be an in-service training conducted before the next academic year to ensure teachers with command of the subject matter are dispatched to the classrooms.” The Education Minister also reminded school administrators of their duties to reimburse any fees paid by students for the West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). He reiterated the announcement by President George Manneh Weah that the government would cover fees for the exam in order to ensure that no student is denied the opportunity to advance his or her education.
Prof. Sonii warned school administrators not to graduate students from twelfth grade without the declaration of exam results from the West African Examination Council (WAEC); e emphasizing that beginning 2018/2019 academic year, all school administrators will be mandated to ensure that any student who does not pass all six subjects required by WAEC must repeat the class.
According to him, the action was essential for elevating the quality of education provided in the Liberian school system and adequately preparing graduating students for further studies or employment.
Min. Soniialso announced that changes would be made to both the academic calendar and to the length of the school day. He emphasized that the school year will begin September 3, and that no school will be permitted to open before or after that date, noting that that government has mandated the extension of school hours from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, to allow teachers sufficient time to teach the required curriculum.
However, the Minister said, negotiationswere underway with afternoon schools to design a workable time schedule to ensure full coverage of the curriculum prescribed by the Ministry.
The Minister has meanwhile, disclosedthat government, in collaboration with its development partners, would soon establish a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) University in the country and noted that the University will boost government’s Pro-Poor Agenda by giving youth the skills needed to find meaningful employment.
“This initiative will transform the lives of young Liberians who go hours, and days doing nothing significant with their lives by elevating them into useful citizens that their parents and country can be proud of.”
Min. Soniinoted several highlights from the recently-concluded education summit, including the introduction of skills training programs in all schools across the country and the establishment of a modern science laboratory in each county.