The president of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), Rev. Ellen Fartu G. Varfley, has admonished teachers and Educational workers across the country to remain committed to the teaching profession.
They were also urged to exercise resilience in molding the minds of the country’s youths.
Rev. Varfley noted that despite the stress and difficulties teachers in the country have endured, they still continue to play a meaningful role in helping to improve the country’s educational system.
She reminded the teachers and educational workers that much more needs to be done to bring about total success in the educational system of Liberia, stressing that this can be achieved if only the teachers remain united and committed.
It is sad, to note that while the educational system of Liberia was picking up, the country was hit by the deadly Ebola virus, which put a halt to all academic activities and claimed the lives of thousands of our citizens and foreigners, health workers and even NTAL members, she said.
She admonished teachers and education workers not to be complacent in the face of the gradual slow down of the Ebola virus. It is not yet over, she warned, advising them to continue taking the preventive measures in order to save themelves from contracting the disease.
“As we come to the close of this academic year 2014, I urged all of you to retrospect on the past, where we came from, where we are today and where we want to be tomorrow. This can be achieved if we put aside our individual differences and make NTAL our common denominator,” Rev. Varfley added.
Rev. Varfley made the call over the weekend during a year-end Representative Council meeting of the Association held at the National Headquarters on capitol Bye-pass adjacent the National Police Headquarters, in Monrovia.
The Representative Council of the Association is the second highest decision making body comprising of NTAL local presidents from the country’s fifteen (15). It meets twice a year to review the activities of the association for the year and adopt new plans for the coming year.
The NTAL boss also disclosed that in the face of the many challenges facing the Association, during the year 2014, the leadership was able to make some level of achievements.
The NTAL president named the ongoing construction of the NTAL Headquarters project, the NTAL Credit Union deduction of shares and saving from members that registered with the Union, the establishment of the NTAL’s Anti-Ebola Task Force to buttress government’s fight against the Ebola virus and the placement of deleted teachers names’ back on government payroll. This was a result of the dialogue conducted between the leadership of the Association and the National Government through the Ministry of Education.
She commended all those institutions that responded to their request during the launching of the NTAL Anti- Ebola awareness Task Force. These included the Canadian Teachers Federation (CTF), National Port Authority (NPA), Secure Risk Insurance Company and the National Social Security and Welfare Corporation.