18 May 2017

Liberia: Women Right Group Warns Liberian Students

The Margibi County coordinator for Aiding Disadvantaged Women and Girls (ADWANGA) has warned Liberian students not to give money to any instructor in exchange of grades.

Speaking at a daylong activity organized by the organization in Kakata on Tuesday May 16, 2017 at the Lango Lippaye School auditorium, Naomi T. Zinnah said it is not a good thing for a student to offer a teacher something in exchange of grade.

She said students should not get involved in giving things such as sex, help, money and labor to teachers in exchange of grades, adding that doing so will mean no good for the future of such student.

Mrs. Zinnah also admonished the students to discourage the act of teachers inviting them to their houses to discuss grades as well as teachers taking them on their farms to work for grades.

"Don't give anything in exchange for grades to any teacher, no labor, no sex, no help and no money; absolutely nothing in exchange for grades," she warmed the students.

Mrs. Zinnah has at the same time described as bad students and teachers' relationship as it has the tendency to hinder the learning process of school going kids more especially girls.

She stated that having affairs with teachers have the propensity to undermine the learning process of a female student because when she is impregnated by a teacher, such teacher will not have time to cater to her and it might damage the future of said student.

According to her, this may also cause a student to lost focus because she bore baby by chance, a situation she said could make that student to get into early responsibility, thus making it difficult to go to school.

She however, blamed some of the students of being the cause of their own problem, adding that teachers may not intend to engage them with sexual activities but they get involved into attracting the minds of their teachers after failing in their subjects.

"Sometimes you can be the cause of your own problem, teachers will not even want to come around with sexual activities, but the way you finish failing already and whole day your breasts are just up you passing in front of the teacher; when you see something; what you say? I should come let's go for launch", she lamented. She called on the students to report any teachers that will get involve in carrying on sexual exploitation in the schools.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Zinnah narrated that gone are the days where people use to say girls can't do what boys can do, and that these days boys and girls have equal rights to free and compulsory education, especially for elementary and junior high levels; and by that her organization is in the public schools making sure that these girls receive quality education.

She further stated that the gender equitable education program which conducted the recreation activities on the Lango Lippaye School campus came out with the after school tutorial classes to enable students compete with their male counterparts; urging them to have fix mind that they have come to learn and as such, they should not let anybody exploit them for little or nothing.

Aiding Disadvantages Women and Girls (AWANGA) was hired by the Ministry of Education to run its program and it is sponsored by the United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF).

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