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|ZRTTI Graduates 212 Teachers After 20 Years|
|Published on June 30, 2009||Email To Friend Print Version
Another batch of teachers has been awarded certificate following the completion of courses in child development and teaching practice. The Zorzor Rural Teachers Training Institute (ZRTTI) recently awarded ‘C’ certificates to 212-graduates. The teachers included 191 males and 23 females.
Addressing the graduates, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf observed that the country has come a long way, from the period when education took the backseat after years of war. ‘There can be no enduring peace until education is provided to all Liberians,” an Executive Mansion release quotes the President as saying. The Liberian leader called on the Education Ministry to employ an aggressive recruitment procedure to attract more female candidates. The President reflected upon the progress ZRTTI has made over the last 16 months since its rehabilitation, characterizing it as “one worthy of emulation,” and challenging the graduates to serve as role models.
For his part, Education Minister Dr. Joseph Korto, pledged his ministry’s commitment towards improving the benefits of the graduates. He regretted that the ZRTTI academic year began during government’s current fiscal year, a situation which prevented the ministry from including the trainees on payroll. However, Dr. Korto said, all trainees undergoing the program, received monthly allowances provided by the Government.
The Valedictorian of the graduating class, Mr. Emmanuel Bessama, expressed the willingness of his class mates to give back to the society what they have learned, calling for all graduates to be placed on Government’s payroll.
The graduation was the Zorzor Rural Teachers Training Institute’s first in 20-years. The occasion brought together members of the Lofa County Legislative caucus, officials of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as well as the families and well-wishers of the graduating class.
The ZRTTI commencement followed the graduation a week ago of 178 teachers from the Kakata Rural Teachers Training Institute in Margibi County; also the first in 20-years.