Montserrado County senatorial aspirant Benjamin R. Sanvee, Jr. has called on children to stop disrespecting their parents and elders, which, according to him, shortens their lives.
The young Senatorial hopeful added that the culture of disrespecting parents and elders in the society must come to an end so that the days of children and youths may be long on earth as promised by God.
Mr. Sanvee made the remarks Wednesday, May 28, during the official launch of the maiden edition of the 2014 Inter High School Quizzing Tournament organized by the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU) at the Cathedral High School’s auditorium on Ashumn Street in Monrovia.
The former Youth Advisor during the Charles G. Taylor regime said it’s biblical and also in the Quran that children need to obey their parents because they (parents or elders) have the power to teach them life lessons for their future.
“I remember during the time in Liberia when not only your parents could discipline their children. I remember a Liberia where a neighbor could discipline his or her neighbor’s children,” Mr. Sanvee said, “Am saying these things because we are in a culture where children no longer respect their elders.”
He added: “For those of us who are Christians and I think it is in the Quran, the only commandment that comes with a promise, is honor thy father and mother so that your days on earth should be long but not.”
According to the Holy Bible; Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:16 and Ephesian 6:12 amongst other scriptures said: “Honor your father and mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”
Mr. Sanvee also urged students to not develop the tendency of blaming others for their failure, and should not make the past to determine their futures.
He hailed LINSU for the maiden edition of the 2014 Inter High School Quizzing Tournament and pledged his moral and final supports.
The Assistant Minister for Planning at the Ministry of Planning Affairs, Kwame Ross acknowledged the weakness in the educational system but said education debate and quizzing is a right pursuit.
The former LINSU boss hailed the current leadership of LINSU, arguing that it was difficult to organize a 2014 Inter High School Quizzing Tournament.
Also speaking, the Secretary General of the University of Liberia Students Union, Calvin Raymond Summon, affectionately called Daplato added his voice thanking LINSU but challenge the students to be committed in the studies to show themselves approve.
The Senior Policy Analyst of the Ministry of Finance, Vallai M. Dorley also hailed LINSU but urged the students’ body to suggest to the education ministry to create a benchmark for junior high school students going to the senior.
He argued that junior high students must pass the exams in the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) to get promotion.
For his part, the president of LINSU, Varney Alieu Jarsey blamed administrations and the faculty for the fairly poor turnout in the 2014 Inter High School Quizzing Tournament after writing over 120 high schools to participate.
He, however, commended the 16 participating schools and announced that there will be attractive prizes at the end of the 16-day quizzing. He also said the Most Valuable Student will be on the team to represent the country next month in the Future Leaders for Africa Conference.
Meanwhile, in the opener of the LINSU’s Inter High School Quizzing, Cathedral Catholic High School beat JJ Ross Memorial, 70-15 points; College of West Africa (CWA) pinned Christ the King Catholic High School, 55-45 points. Up to press time Amos T. Taybior High School was leading St. Michael Catholic High School 45-40 points. The final game was expected to be JJ Roberts High School and Star Baptist School System.