Contrary to her early statement that the country’s education system was mess, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised the new academic system put in place following careful investigation.
According to her, recent mass failure of students in public examinations is attributed to the new, but tough system preventing students from bypassing the direct procedures as experienced in the past.
The President made the observation yesterday when she met with media executives at her Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Monrovia.
According to her, many persons who entered the education sector earlier, did so without going through any proper or competent process, but rather chose “unacceptable ways” to particularly enter the universities and other higher institutions of learning.
Because of the stringent mechanisms being put into place by her administration at the various schools and universities to ensure quality education are achieved, people who want to enter universities through the back door are now finding it very difficult, if not impossible, to get into the system. We no longer have the old system that people were taking advantage by giving bribe before they are enrolled or graduated.
In the past, the President recorded how people were buying grades, cheating or using any method contrary to merit, which her administration continues to resist so as to improve the system.
“With the mass failure of students in the University of Liberia’s entrance and placement examinations, UL Test and Evaluation Coordinator Dorbor Jallah and others have been able to improve the sector to ensure quality education is achieved by the students,” the President said.
According to her, there have been improvements within the education sector under her administration and will continue to ensure that more emphasis as well as support are provided to upgrade the sector.
She said the education system is the microcosm of all the systems in the country, therefore her government will continue to contribute or support it so as to make its better.
“We have commenced the training of teachers and bringing some of them from other countries, including Nigeria, Ghana and other places with the hope that we can expand the numbers at least to improve the system.”
The Liberian leader was responding to question raised, concerning her earlier declaration that the system was “a mess and overloaded with failures,” as to what has her administration provided to make it better.