|Address Shortfalls in Education Sector |
|Published on August 17, 2010||Email To Friend Print Version
It is now clear that the education sector in Liberia is bloated with many shortcomings, which have made the sector to appear like there is no policy at all.
In spite of the millions of dollars allotted to the sector every fiscal year, progress had and continues to be slow as standard of Liberian students dropping dramatically.
The recent dismal performance of high school students in the 2010 WAEC Examination are clear indications that the standard of education is gradually declining.
Unfortunately, the government recently suggested that about several thousand teachers in the country are ill-prepared for the classroom. And so, more teachers are being imported from neighboring countries, especially teachers from Nigeria to fill in the gap.
While we accept the efforts of our West African brothers in helping to build the capacities of Liberians, we are taken aback that the Ministry of Education would resort to white-washing the training of Liberians teachers in favor of importing others.
We are concerned that this policy of importing teachers may be a recipe for neglecting support to the training of teachers in the country.
What the government needs to do is to create more opportunities for the youths to accept the teaching profession. This is exactly what the country we are now importing teachers from did to build their capacity.