The Chairman of Borough Teachers Association, Robert Teah says the plan of the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Education, to close down "some schools" in the country is not in the interest of both the Liberian Government and citizens who are striving to educate their children.
Speaking at the closing program of the Muammar Gadhafi Arabic and English Institute Sunday (July 1), in the Duala Community, the ruling Unity Party (UP) defeated representative candidate in the 2011 elections said he has discovered that the Ministry has concluded plans to shut down "some schools" that have been considered "substandard schools." The Ministry of education has noted that substandard schools float across the country and that it would shut them down as part of ways of creating a vibrant educational system.
Though Mr. Teah did not state how the Ministry of Education has reached the decision, the Liberian politician and educator said when the government, through the Ministry, takes such decision, it will not only deny thousands of Liberian children education, but it will also increase crime rate in the country.He said authorities at the Ministry of Education should be thinking about deploying qualified teachers at private schools, especially those schools that have been listed by education authority as substandard, to help build up their teaching capacities rather than closing them down. Teah said what is more important now in the Liberian educational sector is for government to provide support to schools by assigning teachers and not to shutting down schools when there are not more public schools in the country.
He argued that schools that have been listed as substandard by Ministry of Education are making more contributions in molding the minds of Liberian children in communities where there are no public schools; therefore, it was unfair to back of government to close down these schools.Marking remarks, the Principal of Muammar Gadhafi Arabic and English Institute, Anthony Massaquoi, called on the Liberian Government to increase support to private schools in the country on ground that they were buttressing government's efforts in educating children.
Mr. Massaquoi said when government increases support to private-run schools, the problems of substandard schools will be improve and Liberia's education foundation would be solid and on par with others in Africa.