Gov’t Encourages LCC Support in Education Reform

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The Government of Liberia is encouraging the Liberia Council of Churches’ (LCC) cooperation in achieving the educational reforms to provide quality education to the children of Liberia.
Information Minister Lewis G. Brown made the disclosure on Tuesday at the regular press briefing on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.
Minister Brown was responding to recent assertions made by the Liberia Council of Churches in which its President, the Most Reverend Jonathan B. B. Hart, drew attention to corruption, education, health and poverty as prevailing issues in the country.
He explained that, it is regrettable, “we find the Council’s position on the educational system to be wanting, and we refuse to believe that it is largely informed by the expressed need of the government to subject subsidies to private schools to increase levels of accountability.
“At 5,181 schools, there are more school buildings constructed across the country than before the war, and 1.1 million students enrolment, especially of girls, that exceeds the pre-war period. But as the Council will agree, schools are more than buildings.”
He said: “They include teachers, over a third of which are not qualified, with for instance, up to 70% of teachers in Sinoe being untrained. As the Council knows, war drains a nation of its brains, and in the case of Liberia, effectively removed the capacity to produce possible replacements. “Especially as a result of this, we are seeing our children underperforming in public examinations, including the West African Examinations.”
Minister Brown noted that the Liberian government is equally concerned that many schools, including private schools, are failing the Liberian children.
“In fact, the evidence is that public schools are outperforming private schools, which is largely faith-based. As the Council knows, it takes courage in leadership to call a problem for what it truly is. However, we have not only called a problem, we are employing resources and capacities to faithfully address the problem.”
He said: “The time-bound objectives of the comprehensive plan of the government includes putting in place the foundations for a Liberian educational system that improves all students’ learning by 2017, and seeing a significant improvement in children’s learning outcomes and national literacy rates by 2020.
“This is why the recent action by a number of private institutions, some of which are members of the Council, to enroll their students in the WAEC Exams against the directive of the Ministry of Education is unhelpful.”


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