The Analyst (Monrovia)

Liberia: Lack Of Math, Science Experts Cripples Energy Sector

Over 40 participants who attended a one-day interactive technical working session yesterday identified the lack of trained Math and Science experts as reason for the under development of Liberia's energy sector.

The participants attributed the situation to the absence of qualified teachers to impart Math and Science knowledge necessary to adequately prepare the younger generation for future national undertakings.

The participants also indicated that the lack of laboratory facilities, modern text books and equipment to training Liberians is also reason why the country's energy sector is being operated by foreigners who received huge salaries and return home to develop their native lands.

Meanwhile, the participants have called on the Government of Liberia (GOL) through the Ministry of Education (MOE) to readjust the national curriculum and place emphasis on the teaching of Math and Science in primary, junior and senior secondary schools across Liberia.

They also called on Government to prioritize science and math education, hence to encourage female teachers and students to develop interest in studying the courses at secondary and tertiary levels.

Yesterday's interactive forum was organized by the Department of Science and Technology at the MOE in collaboration with the Department of Energy at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME) and the Norwegian government.

The technical dialogue was aimed at identifying and finding solutions to problems students and teachers encounter, relative to learning and teaching math and science courses within Liberian schools.

The forum which was sponsored by the Norwegian government is part of a five year cooperative agreement between the Government of Norway (GON) and GOL.

The over 40 participants were drawn from MLME, MOE Norwegian Embassy, National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) and Norwegian teachers.

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