A Liberian Educator, Hester Williams Catakaw, has said that this time of the Ebola crisis provides the best opportunity to put things in the right perspective and plan for a dynamic educational program for Liberia.
The plan, according to Madam Catakaw, will involve a system where the education sector has to be decentralized for all to equally benefit.
She observed that this is the worst time for education in Liberia “because of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), which has completely paralyzed the entire country to the extent that school-going children are left to totter.”
“This is the worst time because the EVD has infected so many people that all our schools and learning facilities have all remained closed.”
However, she called on Liberian to use this “worst time” in education system to begin planning the best in sector.
“Let us use this time to put things in the right perspective and plan for a dynamic educational program for Liberia,” Mrs. Catakaw averred.
She also expressed concern about issue that has to do with the decentralization of educational activities, which according to her, is a paramount to the nation, adding that decentralizing the educational sector is more important to the country’s future generation than anything else.
“I have spoken with so many people on this aspect of decentralization. We must decentralize education in Liberia now! 167 years of centralized education in Liberia has not worked for the betterment of the society,” Madam Catakaw—a renowned educator stated.
In her analysis, the former deputy Education Minister for Instruction also stressed the importance of early childhood education, which according to her, will serve as a foundation to the building of a well formulated educational foundation for the country.
Madam Catakaw said she has been on record since 2008, explaining to her colleagues in the sector and stakeholders in education the importance of early childhood education for.
She then stressed the need of revisiting the current National Curriculum formulated by the Ministry of Education (MOE) for Liberian schools.
“Look at your National Curriculum; it is not harmonized with the West Africa Secondary Schools Certificate Exams (WASSCE),” Madam Catakaw observed, among other things.