‘Absence of Text Books, Qualified Teachers Hamper Education Sector’

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The Superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), Mr. Benjamin Jacob, has disclosed that lack of textbooks and qualified teachers were serious challenges of the educational sector in the country.

Speaking at the regular press briefing of the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism on Thursday June 5, 2014 on Capitol Hill, Superintendent Jacob said Liberia cannot achieve quality education in the absence of text books and well trained teachers.

Mr. Jacob said as part of his program as superintendent of MCSS, he will ensure that almost all of the MCSSS schools in the country will have counselors that will help students and teachers achieve their goals.

According to the superintendent, teachers and principals of MCSS have not been able to obtain training since the civil war.

He assured the public of creating the necessary avenues to ensure that training is conducted as part of this year’s plan.

According to Mr. Jacob, the issues of retroactive payments was already into the budget and will take effect at the end of June and payment will be made into accounts of teachers.

According to the superintendent, education can only be achieved through the involvement of teachers, parents as well as the students.

He said that they are working to ensure that parents be able to visit their children’s school in order to know their teachers.

Mr. Jacob said, “We will ensure that education is attained in our schools, this is something that we have been working on for several months and trying to set the record straight.”

The superintendent further explained that, they have been able to get a little quantity of textbooks and other school materials that are currently serving students at different grade levels in the country.

The MCSS boss said, a vibrant Policy about Parents Teachers Association (PTA) is being put in place to allow parents be a part of the school, visit the classroom and also know how the teachers teach their children.

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