The president of the National Teachers’ Association of Liberia (NTAL), Ellen Fartu Varfley has lauded the government for establishing community colleges across the country.
According to her, the establishment of these colleges in the leeward counties would greatly impact the teaching profession, and the country’s educational system.
Madam Varfley made the assertion when she spoke to reporters in an interview over the weekend in Monrovia.
According to her, community college in rural Liberia is paramount to the NTAL, as such; it would help to curtail the migration of high school graduates from the hinterland to Monrovia to further their education at the various Monrovia-based universities.
She added that the government’s decision to establish the community colleges will enable graduate whose parents or guardians cannot afford to shoulder the cost of sending them to Monrovia to enroll at higher learning institutions.
These students, she said, are going to acquire higher education in their respective counties by enrolling at the community colleges.
The NTAL president believes that this process will reduce the risk of young people becoming parents at an early age, because they had left their parents to live on their own in Monrovia.
Rev. Varfley pointed out that the establishment of the community colleges will also address the problem of the lack of qualified and trained teachers to teach in various high schools in rural Liberia, because they have program in education that tend to train would-be teachers.
“When these students acquired college education in the hinterland, some of them will remain to teach their brothers and sisters, thereby saving government from spending money to transport teachers from Monrovia to rural Liberia,” Rev. Varfley added.
Meanwhile, Rev. Varfley has recommended to the government to go extra mile by constructing boarding facilities, and teachers’ quarters on the campuses of these colleges to address the problems of accommodation that are often faced by the teachers.
She further recommended the government for including teachers training program in the curriculum of the community colleges to buttress the efforts of the University of Liberia that is presently involved with the training of teachers under its Bachelor degree program.