The Ministry of Education (MOE), in collaboration with the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), has turned over a modern science laboratory to the E. Jonathan Goodridge High School in Barnersville, outside Monrovia.
Speaking at the turning over ceremony on Thursday, the outgoing Deputy Minister of Education, Ramses Kumbuyah, said the biology, physics and chemistry laboratories at the E. J. Goodridge High School are among 11 laboratories completed by the MOE in collaboration with NOCAL.
He stressed that with the existence of science labs in many high schools in the country, there will be massive improvement of students’ academic results.
“With experiments, what they have learned from the text books in the classroom, they will experiment for physical results. This can be translated into passing exams that everybody is concerned about,” he said.
According to him, the cause of students not passing exams cannot be attributed to the current administration not performing. “To pass WAEC means that the student must have studied for the past twelve years.”
“We also need to acknowledge that Liberia has come from a civil crisis and we need to do more, including recognizing students that are performing,” he added.
Mr. Kumbuyah called on parents, teachers and guardians to focus on encouraging their children to prioritize education over other activities.
Also speaking, the vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility at NOCAL, Pete Norman, urged students to focus on their lessons, particularly the sciences.
“If you have a solid background in the sciences, you have the opportunity to get a job quickly. He urged the students to make the best use of the biology, physics and chemistry lab.”
In remarks, the principal of the E. J. Goodridge High School, Sylvester Trawolin, assured the Ministry of Education and NOCAL that the lab equipment will be used for its intended purpose.
He expressed his gratitude to the Government of Liberia and NOCAL for providing the school the opportunity to increase their knowledge in the sciences.
The project is part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the MOE and NOCAL in 2011, in which NOCAL pledged to provide funding for the renovation and furnishing of science laboratories in selected public high schools in the 15 counties.
To date, science laboratories have been renovated and furnished in several public high schools throughout the country, including C.H. Deweh, in Bomi; Sinje in Grand Cape Mount County; Bopolu, in Gbarpolu County; Harbel Multilateral, in Margibi County, and the Elizabeth Tubman Memorial Institute (ETMI), in Caldwell, Montserrado County.
Others include Sinoe Multilateral High School, in Greenville, Sinoe County and the Barclayville High School, in Grand Kru County.