The Superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), Benjamin A. Jacobs, has disclosed an increase in student enrollment for academic year 2014-2015, despite the outbreak of the deadly virus disease in the country.
Jacobs told journalists Wednesday at the Ministry of Information daily press briefing that enrollment at MCSS schools increased to over 25,111 students, compared to 22,000 the previous academic year.
“This is because of the movement of people from the rural parts of the country to Monrovia in search of what I call quality education as well as higher studies. And we are doing everything possible to ensure that Ebola preventive measures are also observed at MCSS various schools,” Mr. Jacobs said.
At the same time, Superintendent Jacobs disclosed the provision of libraries, science laboratories and other facilities at high schools to prepare students for national and international examinations.
“While the N. V. Massaquoi School in West Point has registered 1,080 students, it remains closed following the looting of the facility, but renovation work is nearing completion and the school will open in May,” Jacobs said.
He assured the general public that all topics prescribed by the curriculum through the Ministry of Education would be taught before the end of school year in December.
The MCSS Superintendent, however, lamented the lack of water supply on MCSS campuses, describing it as a major challenge that often leads to the abrupt suspension of classes.
Jacobs appealed to government, local and international partners to help remedy the situation to ensure maximum use of instructional time to prepare the future generation.
Meanwhile, the MCSS Superintendent and family have lamented the loss of 10 employees to the Ebola Virus Disease, and consoled families of the deceased for the irreversible loss.
The MCSS is a government-run institution with oversight responsibility for all public schools in Monrovia.