Deputy House Speaker Hans Barchue has termed as “frustrating and disappointing” Liberia’s education system.
According to the Grand Bassa County lawmaker, politics has overshadowed the learning process forcing students to be more interested in “talking politics than focusing on educational materials that will keep them on par with their foreign counterparts.”
The current status of the education system is seriously “dysfunctional and needs complete overhauling,” declared Barchue.
“The reading and speech capacity of our students is very poor to the extent that sometimes you feel ashamed when some of our students speak in public places.
“Nowadays, on our national holidays like Flag Day, Armed Forces Day and Independence you find no programs instituted by school authorities under the supervision of the Ministry of Education befitting these celebrations and all we do is politics.
“No programs (are offered) to educate students on the significance of these historical events in our country and that needs to stop right now.
“This country will go nowhere when these things are not addressed because this time around, the Legislature intends to checkmate the Education Ministry about most of its deliverables projected under the National Budget,” Rep. Barchue warned.
He challenged the new Education Minister George Werner, to ensure that projects captured in the Budget to be implemented by his ministry across the country are effectively executed.
The House is keen on adequately performing its oversight responsibility to make sure that whatever is placed in the Budget for school construction, purchase of desks, text books, chairs and other school materials are delivered.
He spoke over the weekend at a charity program in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County where thousands of books for elementary and junior high students were brought in for distribution in Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Margibi.
Deputy Speaker Barchue frowned on education authorities from the three counties, particularly District and County Education Officers (DEOs & CEO) for failing to attend the program.
He noted that gone are the days when government functionaries made blanket projections about projects that should be undertaken without providing specifics.
“Let’s embrace development and forget politics at this time, building institutions and making sure that what is promised in the budget will be supported by the first branch of government,” Rep. Barchue urged.