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|MCSS Teachers Assoc. Wants Special Place In 2008/2009 Budget|
|Published on April 30, 2008||Email To Friend Print Version
By: Rudolph G. Gborkeh
Authorities of the Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association (MCSSTA) are calling on the Government to place all public schools teachers in a special category or risks loosing its teachers who may be seeking for greener pasture.
According to a release signed by the Association’s President, Nathan Suah, MCSSTA reminds all stakeholder rs in the budget planning to avoid placing teachers in the usual mare or ordinary civil servant category where everyone is considered at the same level regardless of educational status.
He said teachers should be paid according to qualifications, and general allowance should be given them as other civil servants in government Ministries and agencies.
According to a press release issued if nothing is done by the policy makers of this government to alleviate the numerous plights of the teachers and educational workers of the country, others who have the ambitions of going into the teaching profession will indeed switch to other fields of study, adding, “no one would want to endeavor in anything leading to abject poverty,” the release concluded.
The Association wonders whether the government is waiting for teachers to initiate another “Go Slow” action before their plights can be heard, or are those who profess to have the interest in the learning process of the youths waiting with blind eye to see the professional teachers walking out of class room in search of greener pasture, thereby leaving the fate of this nation into the hands of “half baked” personnel who will only go into the classroom for self-aggrandizement and self- enrichment at the detriment of the poor students.
The release then concluded that it is sad to note that public schools teachers of Liberia are considered as ordinary civil servants, they are placed in the same category with janitors, messengers, ect., who do not have any special or professional skill in the allocation or distribution of salaries and other benefits.
The Association however, commended the government for the level of little improvement being experienced by the educational sector of the country, such as the “Free and Compulsory primary education.”