The Superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), Adolphus B. Jacobs, says the system has recruited 2,000 teachers it has trained over the years who are now ready to replace any number of missing teachers in the classroom.
Superintendent Jacobs made the disclosure at the Information Ministry’s regular Thursday press briefing in Monrovia.
“We can no longer wait to see students losing instruction time because some people feel disenchanted or feel dissatisfied by their personal issues. So, we have recruited teachers to be on the standby to replace teachers who will continue to be absent from school,” Jacobs said.
He said for too long, students have been marginalized by teachers’ prolonged absence from the classroom; a situation he attributed to the country’s 14-year civil war and the recent Ebola crisis.
“For some time now, we have heard agitations by teachers from the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) and some teachers from the MCSS calling for the resignations of Minister George Werner and myself as well,” he said.
Supt. Jacobs expressed surprise when he heard about the demand for his resignation with the level of developments taking place at the various schools under the MCSS. “Yet some teachers continue to exhibit their embedded hatred for whatever reason against me,” he said.
He described the ongoing crisis in the education sector as ‘unfortunate.’
He declared: “I will not resign this post, so teachers making the demand should just leave that alone.”