133 Teachers Gain Skills to Deal with Students

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One hundred and thirty three district executive members of the National Teachers’ Association of Liberia (NTAL) have ended a two-week seminar in Grand Kru and Maryland counties learning improved skills to deal with students.

According to NTAL spokesperson Gabriel Paul, the exercises, held under the theme, “Equipping District Executives for Effective Performance,” was organized by the NTAL in partnership with Brussels-based Education International (EI).

The workshops were held at four different centers, including Buah Jiken in Grand Kru County, which served as center one, and four districts comprising of Sasstown, Jloh, Wadabo and Buah; while center two comprised Barclayville City, Grand Cess, Trehn, Barclayville in Dorbor Districts.

Other centers included Pleebo and Kaloken in Maryland County. The NTAL spokesman told the Daily Observer that the training reviewed and reinforced the importance of teachers adhering to the Code of Ethics in their dealings with students; how to communicate effectively to students; leadership skills; and financial management.

They were also taught problem solving skills and how to advocate on gender issues.

Andrew F. Korkulo, NTAL/EI Consortium Program Coordinator, said the training was in fulfillment of the entity’s commitment to ensure that its members, in the classroom and at the district level, are fully aware of new trends in enhancing teacher-student relationship in the classroom.

Mr. Korkulo promised to conduct a similar training in the southeastern region of the country to benefit teachers in Sinoe, Grand Gedeh, and River Gee counties.

The Regional Vice President for the Southeast, Mr. Hanson Murray, challenged the participants to put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired from the workshop and to serve as NTAL ambassadors in their respective districts.

Meanwhile, a participant representing the teachers recommended that the Ministry of Education should ensure that teachers who are transferred have accommodation in their new assignment areas. They also want the arbitrary transfer of teachers to new locations without their involvement to stop.

The teachers also suggested that District Education Officers should hold consultations with teachers and authorities of public schools informing them beforehand about teachers that are scheduled to be transferred before the transfer takes effect.

They further called on the MoE to establish libraries and laboratories in public schools across the country.

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