Christian Foundation Liberia, a locally based Non Governmental Organization (NGO), recently graduated 120 teachers after completing a 10 months “In-Service” Teacher Training Program.
The training began early last year with the goal of having the teachers prepare for the 2014/2015 school year, but the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus disease disrupted the training which had been underway for almost three months.
The exercise is part of the Liberia Teacher Training Program (LTTP), which intends to further train teachers that are already in the classrooms in order to qualify them in the teaching profession.
The training was held in three different clusters including Monrovia, Ganta and Saclepea respectively.
At the closing program, the Assistant Minister for Teacher Education at the Ministry of Education, Advertus Orea Wright, urged the graduating teachers to take the code of conduct of the teaching profession very seriously, so as to make them professional in the discharge of their respective duties.
“The breach of the code of conduct can lead to the cancellation of the certificates and licenses we gave you,” he told the graduates.
The CFL has held several graduation exercises since 2009 beginning with Toweh Town, Tappita, Bahn and Zekepa in Nimba County. Later, in 2013, they began a similar in-service teacher training for teachers in Rivercess County.
The graduates have pledged to improve the country’s school system, but asked the government to provide all necessary resources that will enhance the education system across the country.
Meanwhile, Nimba County Superintendent Fong Zuagele, has challenged the trainers to continue the exercise at least once every year, with emphasis on the code of conduct to enhance smooth and professional teaching.