The National Private Schools Parents Teachers Association of Liberia (NAPSPATAL) was last Saturday launched at the Len Miller High School in Sinkor, Monrovia.
NAPSPATAL is a conglomeration of PTAs from private schools with the aim of tackling challenges in the education sector.
Speaking at the launch, the Chairman of the group, Mr. Edward Sherman, stated that NAPSPATAL’s primary goal is to unite all private schools’ PTAs and to ensure that they are effective in their functions.
The NAPSPATAL head noted that the organization will ensure that all private schools in the country have basic facilities such as good toilet facilities, science labs, cafeterias, libraries and better health and sanitation systems.
Mr. Sherman said “We are going to make private schools to teach one curriculum, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and WAEC curricula, to help stop the mass failure of our students.
“We are going to make sure that all schools in the Republic of Liberia have a booklet card system. That will help us put a stop to self-promotion; and therefore, create an academic data system for all private schools.”
The NAPSPATAL Chairman further said that one of the major goals of the group is to prevail on private schools to bring back some former extracurricular activities such as technical skills, press club, spelling competition, chapel program, music and drafting, among others, to encourage students to stay in school.
“To put stop to some of these irregularities we are going advocate for better salary and incentives for our teachers and working staff,” he promised.
“We are going to encourage the Ministry of Justice to enforce the drugs and alcohol abuse law because they are destroying our youth. We will create an educational taskforce that will monitor all of our schools’ activities.”
The Chairman of NAPSPATAL Board of Directors, Mr. Peter N. Ben, said the establishment of the association is one of the responses by the private school education sector to the several calls by the government of Liberia for ideas, initiatives and strategies that will assist the government in meeting the many challenges in the education sector.
He pointed out that the organization seeks to support government’s efforts to provide quality education to the children of Liberia.