Deputy Minister of Education Ramses T. Kumbugah has made a call for private school owners to employ committed teachers in order to help Liberian students acquire quality education.
He made the call when he spoke at a program marking the dedication of phase one of the newly-constructed Self-Help School Building project in New Kru Town Bushrod Island, Monrovia.
The program brought together government officials, parents, community dwellers, and students of the institution.
The Juah Sarwee Memorial Welfare Institute was named after President Ellen Johnson Sirleafs’ grandmother.
The Minister said if teachers are not committed and willing to actively perform their duties, it becomes dangerous to the students and the country at-large.
He pointed out, however, that teachers should not use the profession as a stepping stone to another profession; rather, one must become a teacher because of the love and passion for teaching.
“In molding the minds of young people, there are skills required. And teachers should continue adding to their ability of being goods teachers, daily.
“It becomes dangerous to our society if we don’t have qualified and willing educators in the sector. Quality education is not the responsibility of the public sector alone but of private institutions as well,” Deputy Minister Kumbugah said.
According to him,“Teachers need to make use of training institutions around the country, to enhance their capacities.”
He called on parents to help teachers, as it is not the responsibility of teachers alone.
“Parents must be ready to make sacrifices for their children in ensuring that they are educated. Bringing up young children is not easy. So we need parents to get involved in the process; when the children leave school they go home. Parents need to serve as guardians to the children, make sure they study their lessons, do their home work, and make it to school on time.
With all of these efforts, we know that we are headed somewhere when it comes to the upbringing of qualified and competent youths for tomorrow,” he stressed.
“We as the public sector are making sure that quality education remains our priority. The challenges remain high for senior high schools when it comes to getting qualified teachers; however we remain committed to doing all we can to make sure that Liberian children get a good education,” he added.
Minister Kumbugah concluded by encouraging students to take their education seriously and avoid too much play. He told the students that if they must achieve their goal of become future leaders and nation builders; they must be ready to pass through the tough times of education.
“Becoming big people in society is done through education. Without education, you cannot make a serious contribution the country. So if all of you students want to become a part of Liberia’s transformation process, you must be educated”, he pointed out.
The first phase of the newly-constructed school building consists of 17 class rooms, a laboratory and a library.
Giving a short speech, the school principal, Mr. Robert B. Teah, said the school has a total of 2,080 students for this academic 2014/2014.
He added that the school is still in need of a generator and 740 arm chairs.
“The school is almost tuition free; students only pay LRD$800.00 per school year. We are able to pay our teachers and run the affairs of the school through what we raise from partners, friend, and other good will ambassadors.
For the completion of this school, we still needUS$23,803.00 because the total cost of the project was a little over US$100.000”, he said.
“We need both materials or cash contributions and support from philanthropic individuals, charitable and humanitarian institutions, to enable us complete the entire two-storey modern building project to help bring to our students the quality education they deserve—and will get, should they apply themselves,” he concluded.