The president of the Liberian Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Rev. /Dr. Olu Q. Menjay, Tuesday, April, 29, publicly voiced his anger against Liberia’s poor educational system. Dr. Menjay blamed the system for the dismal performance of collegians.
The Baptist prelate, who is also the vice president of the Baptist World Alliance, is principal/chief administrative officer of Ricks Institute, one of Liberia’s foremost private religious institutions.
Rev. Menjay made the comments when he served as guest speaker at the 25th Commencement Convocation of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University (AMEZU). He spoke on the theme, “The Emergence of Relevant Education in Liberia.”
Without mincing his words, Rev. Menjay said Liberia is in the midst of an emergency for educational reform, which demands immediate action. He said the response to this situation requires radical action that must be treated as life-saving.
“We have no time to play around, or else we will die and the future of our existence as a country will be miserable,” he declared.
According to him, his speech was not intended to scare the 890 graduates, but to remind them that Liberia’s educational system still has difficult days ahead if the main state’s actors fall short of urgently addressing the system’s flaws.
“The educational crisis in Liberia,” he stated, “is becoming a crisis for the entire economy. It is endangering our country’s ability to equip itself for a brighter future.”
With this in mind, Dr. Menjay called on the government to institute an emergency transformation of Liberia’s education sector where citizens have to work together and invest relevant amounts of time and resources into obtaining quality and germane (relevant) education.
“The government, through the Ministry of Education, must support excellence in teachers and embrace competition and a merit-based system to secure the future of this country,” the young Baptist clergyman declared to a round of applause.
A good number of the 890 students who graduated Tuesday have completed studies in Business, Accounting and or Administration, while the rest completed courses in Management, Sociology, Economics and Criminal Justice.
Those who studied other disciplines such as Political Science, Geography, Education, and Religious Education were sparsely divided based on their respective area of study.