The president of the Liberia Baptist Missionary and Educational Convention, Rev. Dr. Olu Q. Menjay, has stressed the need to restructure Liberia’s education system with urgency.
According to Dr. Menjay, Liberia has an emergency for education reform which demands an immediate and urgent action to achieve the reform process.
“This emergency requires radical actions and therefore must be treated as a life time or death situation where we have no time to play around,” he said.
He believes that anything short of this, the future of our existence as a country will be miserable.
Dr. Menjay, who is also Principal of Ricks Institute, a Baptist high school, made the disclosure recently in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer at his office in Virginia, outside Monrovia.
He observed that the education crisis in country is now becoming a crisis for the entire economy, endangering the country’s prospects for a brighter future.
He called on stakeholders to create a critical awareness of the country’s social reality through reflection and actions.
According to him, to improve and transform Liberian education, everyone, including state actors, “must recognize our imperfection by acknowledging our own deficiency.”
As a school administrator, Dr. Menjay said it pains his heart when 95 percent of passes made in examinations administered annually by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) for Liberia’s high schools are very weak passes.
He said a scale from one to eight with eight being the limited passing mark, over 95 percent of the students who passed, made eight on the scale.
As such, he observed, “It is worrisome to know that in Liberia, only a single student passed the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Exams (WASSCE).”
It is annoying to know that the country does not have adequate textbooks for students, said Dr. Menjay, adding that it is critical because there is no future without quality education.
Rev. Mejay is also vice president of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA) and Principal/Chief Administrative Officer of Ricks Institute, one of Liberia’s premier institutions of learning.