The Ministry of Education has inducted into office members of newly formed National Education Advisory Board to stir and carryout major responsibilities of educational matters in the country.
Speaking at the induction ceremony of the officers on Friday, April 4, at the Ministry of Education, Education Minister Etmonia D. Tarpeh explained that the members of the board were drawn from several institutions, including County School Board, Monrovia Consolidated School System, National Principal Association, National Teachers Association and Parent Teacher Association.
Other institutions include: Association of Liberian Universities, Prominent Liberian Educators, Federation of Labor Union, Civil Service Agency, Chamber of Commerce, Private Schools and West African Examination Council amongst others.
She further explained that members of the board were appointed by her, the Minister of Education, with approval of the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, adding that the board members will serve for three years with eligibility of one reappointment.
The newly inducted officers of the Advisory Board include: Mr. Charles E. Collins, Chairman, Mrs. Helen Roberts-Evans, vice chairman and Mr. Mohammed A. Nasser, secretary.
Minister Tarpeh, however, stated that the objectives of the board must be seen as a way of upholding quality education to its standard with a new face to the rebuilding of the country as well as students across Liberia.
As it relates to the objectives, they will: promote national participation in the design, development and support of national education policies and programs; they will assemble public, private and faith-based concerns, interest and aspirations regarding policies, plans and regulations.
They will also: ensure that the education policies designed for the country incorporate local and regional inputs for the people of Liberia; they will undertake debates and facilitate dialogues to create consensus on vital issues regarding the direction and dimension of education with emphasis on access, quality, relevance standard at all levels as well as coats and financing.
They will: enhance transparency, accountability and democratic tenets in the education sector such as would be transferable to other areas of nation building.
According to her, the National Education Advisory Board will act in the manner that focuses on improving students’ achievements and organization effectiveness in all sector of the education of Liberia.
The Education Minister also used the occasion to express thanks and gratitude to the board members for their acceptance to serve the Liberian people and promised to coordinate activities of the Ministry with that of the board in order to have a “transformed the education sector.”