The Principal of Kpakolomai Elementary and Junior High School in Voinjama District, Lofa County, has blamed the poor performance of students in public exams to the lack of solid childhood foundation.
Madam Jestina Kpalaga observed that in order for young children to take their education seriously, teachers must create a smooth learning environment that will motivate children to remain focus in the classroom, especially at an early age.
She made the observation Thursday when she served as the guest speaker at the 36th Gala Anniversary of Bortorsu Elementary and Junior High School in Voinjama District.
She pointed out that the foundation for quality education is based on motivation and passion and called on the school’s administration to exhibit such attributes to ensure smooth learning environment for students.
The Liberian educator, according to the Liberia News Agency (LINA), also called the Ministry of Education (MOE) to prioritize childhood education in order to improve the performance of students, especially in public tests by providing subsidy to private learning schools across the country.
She also urged parents and guardians to monitor their children’s work on a daily basis and encourage them to take their lessons seriously, if they are to serve as future leaders of the country.
In a related development, the Ministry of Education has provided scholarships to 24 Liberians to study in China.
Education Minister George Werner made the disclosure on Monday. He said the scholarships are intended to improve the knowledge and skills of the students to help rebuild the country after the completion of their studies.
“Students should study in the way that their skills will be marketable, even if they are to work in the private sector,” LINA quoted Werner as emphasizing.
He urged Liberians to take advantage of jobs in the private sector, because most Liberians are not found in that area.
“These scholarships are not Chinese government scholarships actually; the Government of Liberia (GOL) is paying for these scholarships and nothing is for free,” Werner explained.
He said GOL allocated the money from the budget following discussions with the Chinese Government.
“The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with the students says when government educates you, you are to come back to serve the government for at least two years to meet up with the obligations of the MOU,” Werner said.
Meanwhile, Werner ha warned the beneficiaries to put up their best behavior while in China pursuing their education at Chinese universities.