Liberia’s Education sector is getting more “messy” because teachers and students as well as administrators have refused to live up to the challenges impeding the sector and settling for less, according to former Information Minister, Dr. Lawrence Bropleh.
He blamed the majority of Liberia’s social, political and economic challenges on such “contented inclinations” that negatively impact the human resource development and reconstruction of the nation.
Dr. Bropleh said Liberians in the main are quick to be content with their status in life, be it educational or economic, and cautioned young Liberians not to settle for less in their quest to attain quality education at all levels.
He made the remarks last Friday at a Thanksgiving Service of the William Bean Institute’s World Wide Mission School System on Duport Road, Paynesville, outside Monrovia.
“If a teacher accepts as low as 100 Liberian dollars from a student for a grade, that teacher is settling for less; if a teacher sleeps with a female student to pass her, that teacher is settling for less; if a student refuses to study and pays money to make a pass, that student is settling for less,” Dr. Bropleh declared.
He added: “Today Liberia is what it is because we continue to settle for less. Some of us accept small money and take to the airwaves and insult our government officials and castigate the President and condemn our country. Anyone who does that is settling for less.”
Dr. Bropleh urged students and teachers to denounce the art of bribery, one of the ills affecting the education sector.
The valedictorian of the senior class, James Akoi, challenged his colleagues to continue to peruse higher education and not be content with their current level.
Akoi also called on students to turn their attention to their lessons and forgo what he called “Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi arguments.”
He said some students spend much of their time arguing about Ronaldo and Messi, while others prioritized entertainment (club and video shows) over their studies. He warned those involved to desist from such practices if they are to ultimately attain their goals.
Meanwhile, the World Wide Mission School System has announced a major reform ahead of the 2016-17 academic year. The school’s uniform will change from green and gold back to navy blue and white.
According to Principal John Collins, the previous change of the uniform colors to green and gold resulted in a major drop in enrollment in the School System last year.
“About two years ago, we changed our uniform from the original navy blue and white and navy blue and gold to green and gold, and this cost us our students…I want to inform our parents that the Board of the School System has agreed that the school go back to its original colors,” he added.