26 May 2014

Liberia: Ministers, Directors Sent to Classroom

Photo: Liberia Government
President Sirleaf and UL administrators(file photo)

President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has challenged ministers and directors at the Ministry of Education to visit schools across the country and spend some time with students in the classroom instead of sitting in their offices and signing papers.

She said it is important that authorities of Education Ministry take to the classrooms to get the experiences of teachers, who are dedicating their time to impart knowledge into the nation's future leaders. President Sirleaf gave the challenge over the weekend at the launch of the Ministry of Education's Operational Plan 2014-2016 held in the Monrovia City Hall.

The President also frowned at students enrolled in the William V.S. Tubman Teacher College of the University of Liberia for not dedicating their time to the teaching profession despite benefiting scholarships and stipends from government.

She mandated the President of the University of Liberia, Dr. Emmett Dennis to make sure students in the Teacher College do one-year job training in public schools prior to graduation. President Sirleaf expressed delight about the Peace Corps program in public schools across the country where two graduates from the Teacher College are to partner with a Peace Corps volunteer in schools in rural communities.

Speaking earlier, the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education, Senator Dallas Gueh of Rivercess County, said education has become a serious challenge for Liberia since the civil war, stressing that the nation's educational system needs proper planning to have it resuscitated. Senator Gueh said Liberia cannot achieve vision 2030 in the absence of a credible educational system.

He said the Ministry of Education is the appropriate government entity responsible to draft the country's educational program and not the legislature as has been done in the past.

"In that plan, I saw classification of schools and it is only the Ministry of Education know what to do to the various schools in terms of classification and not the legislature because we are politicians so as chairman on education, we will make sure that particular function is given to the Ministry", he assured.

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