New DEO Vows To Improve on Quality Education
By Emmanuel Weedee-Conway
The newly commissioned District Education Officer (DEO) of Greater Montserrado District One-E has vowed to work in line with the policies of the Ministry of Education (MoE) to enhance the quality of learning.
Madam Lucia Boakai Paygai, an early childhood education expert, when she made remarks for several other District Education Officers (DEOs) and County Education Officers (CEOs) that were commissioned by the Ministry of Education on Wednesday, August 1, 2018. Speaking to reporters following the commissioning ceremony, Madam Paygai pointed out that her administration at the helm of the district will be expected to make positive differences due to her passion for education.
The early childhood education expert indicated that as a new DEO, she would also recommend some programs to the Ministry that would enhance quality learning, especially at the early level.
Madam Paygai, who holds a Masters of Art Degree in Christian Counseling from the Newburgh Theological Seminary in the state of Indiana, United States of America (USA), disclosed that some of the programs would be the Individualized Education Program (IEP) that would help hard learning students, and in-service training of teachers every six months for the head start teachers (early childhood teachers).
She noted that the IEP will uncover whether the child has a specific Learning Disability (LD) such as short attention span, depending on the age of the child.
“With the approval of the Ministry of Education, we can try to educate people on the IEP, which is the individual education plan to help the students. And another thing that I talked about is having counselors at the schools to help the children get over their phobia because most of the children are afraid of certain things,” said Madam Paygai.
“The reason why they are not passing WASSCE and other public exams is because there is a fear within them somewhere. The first time they brought WASSCE a lot of them paniced, but if you have a counselor in your school that will explain these things to them, and where they, too, will explain to the counselor where their fears lie, their education will be improve. And I am happy that this one is under the plan of the Ministry of Education,” said the DEO of Greater Montserrado District One-E.
She said as a new DEO, she would check all schools under her jurisdiction to know whether each school has a guardian counselor, and that in the case of a school that doesn’t have, she would inform the MoE, since this, in fact is one of the policies of the Ministry.