Imam Ali Krayee Wants Complete Overhaul of Education System

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Chief Imam of Liberia, Sheikh Ali Krayee

…In order to win the battle against corruption in Liberia

The Chief Imam of Liberia, Sheikh Ali Krayee, has called for the complete overhaul of the country’s education system so as to win the battle against corruption.

Krayee spoke at the occasion marking the observance of this year’s World Anti Corruption Day in Ganta, Nimba County on Monday, December 9, 2019.

He said moral education is almost absent from the curriculum, and has therefore made the education system to lose it once merit.

“Morality is what discipline people, and with the virtual absence of moral education; and collapse of the merit system in most school, those we called educational institutions have largely produced a generation of clever devils,” he said.

This year’s commemoration was held under the theme, “Together, We are United against Corruption.”

With this theme, Imam Krayee cautioned Liberians not to a part of this struggle, and at the same time, remain among the countless self-centered individuals, whose appetite for corruption is unbending.

He said corruption has never lost any battle against its enemies, and some cases it suffers temporary setbacks.

He maintained that corruption gets reinforced and launcher a counter attack that forces those who fight it to beg for mercy.

Imam Krayee said, before the war in Liberia, academic corruption was somewhat unpopular, where student aspired to places of admiration among their colleagues, while their role models were men and women, who proved to be exceptions in terms of their intellectual ability.

“Teachers were generally self-respecting personalities, and they were highly respecting in the communion and rural areas,” he said.

He added that morality was in some ways promoted, but the country’s 24 years civil war created a brain drain in a nation that was already low in terms of literacy.

Imam Krayee said that in the aftermath of the war, those trained teachers were replaced by unqualified ones, and those unqualified ones became the available teachers.

Imam Krayee, who was vocal in his deliberation, said, “The fact that even teachers failed WAEC, it is a conspicuous evidence that what we have is not merely a messy education system, but a national disaster.”

Rhetorically, he asked, “how do you expect a nation that institutionalizes fraud in her education sector to fight corruption?”

He said, probably, most of our people were traumatized by their experiences during the war years, then the students, who should be prepared to build the nation were brought up to believed that is just a word and success is a product of chance.

“Unless the education sector is revived in a serious and fundamental way, there is no hope that we will be united against corruption,” he said.

Deputy Auditor General, Wingley S. Nanka, urged students to conduct themselves with integrity and stop cheating during public exams.

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  1. A wise person once said, “The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.”

    It is indeed true that Liberia’s education is a mess. The evil of Liberia civil war has eroded the moral fabric of the Liberian society: it has eroded Liberia’s political, social, religious, economic and last but not the least, Liberia’s entire educational system.

    As the Iman said, we need to revamp our entire educational system. Reintroduce morality and ethical standards in our educational system.

    I will go further to say, Liberia’s current educational model is antiquated. It adds less value to an already non-productive educational system. Liberia’s educational system up to senior high school focuses too much on liberal arts education.

    Many high school graduates are not adequately prepared to enter into the job markets because they lack technical skills. Many high schools could add value by converting these high schools into polytechnic schools that would prepare students to enter into high demand technical job markets.

    It is time for Liberia to look into Cuba’s successful educational system. Cuba is a developing country like Liberia. However, Cuba has one of the highest literacy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Cuba spends 13 percent of its GDP on education. Cuba has achieved universal literacy, and Cuba has one the best health care services in the southern hemisphere. School is free and compulsory up to the 12th grade.

    Liberia has done little in the education sector since the war ended in 2003. Liberia needs to abolish the current poor education system and adapt a new educational model similar to that of Cuba, With similar system, Liberia will be on the right track of reducing its high illiteracy and mortality rate.

    The evil of war has traumatized the Liberian people. It has affected the entire fabric of the Liberian society. It is time for lawmakers and policy makers to adapt a new education model that would help Liberians have access to universal health services and education.

    Yes indeed, morality and ethics have left the corridors of Liberia’s schools and colleges. It has also left the corridors of Liberia’s Lawmakers and government functionaries.

    As the wise person said, “The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on. It is never of any use to oneself.”

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