The Governance Commission (GC) has completed a desk-study titled “Reaching the Middle Income Country Goal: The Human Capacity Issues.”
The exercise, a release said is consistent with its enabling legislation, which among other things, mandates the GC to embark on research and publish findings to influence public policy.
It is based on the research that the Commission has planned to hold a one day policy dialogue on April 8, at a resort in Monrovia beginning at 10 A.M.
This report is an outcome of extensive research that has attempted to address issues to address questions such as, ‘What does a Liberian graduate exiting the educational system contribute to the national agenda? What is he/she capable of doing or how effectively is the end product of the educational system linked to the achievement of the national goal of becoming a middle income country?”
Other issues to be addressed at the one day gathering include how can female participation in national development be increased and school dropout rates reduced in order to bridge the gender gap and also how to improve the educational system and its overall output?
Other topics will include: How to collectively sustain the National Capacity Development Strategy or what is the appropriate description of the “prototype” of the graduate required to make “today’s students, tomorrow’s workforce?”
The study examines the gender spread, nature of the specification being offered, and the extent to which the needs of the educational sector is being met and improved.
The concern is that the current education system is not able to produce the required workforce for the achievement of the middle income status, thus risking failure to achieve the intended outcome, the GC said.
The study concentrates on three issues in the human resource sector, including the demography, with emphasis on female participation and empowerment through education; the workforce requirement, with emphasis on personnel needs and the consequent educational requirements of the entire economy inclusive of the professional, technical, skilled and semi-skilled categories required for nation building; and the needs of the education sector, with emphasis on sector capacity to produce or cause to be produced the workforce required for its own sustainability so that it can continue to support national development.
The dialogue, the release indicated, will be moderated by Dr. Toga Mcintosh, vice president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission.
Panelists will include: the Ministers of Education; Labor; Gender, Children and Social Protection; Finance and Development Planning; the president of the Association of Liberian Universities; and the chairman of the National Commission on Higher Education.
The event will be held in collaboration with MOE and the NCHE and sponsored by the African Development Bank