The principal of the Light International School System, Alper Erkan, has said the institution is committed to providing quality education to Liberian students and the world at large, adding that education empowers individuals and builds society.
The Ramadan dinner with media owners and editors held at the school’s campus in Monrovia was an expression of friendship as an instrument to build peace and harmony in the Liberian society, an official of the school said.
“We are making serious progress on the level of attention given to our students , with a special focus on graduating seniors. Providing quality education for Liberian students remains a priority to authorities of the Light School,” he said.
He said about 99 percent of the teaching staff have a minimum of a university degree and are also Liberians, adding that, “We want to also use this opportunity to appreciate these hardworking staff who continue to demonstrate or ensure that our students get a quality education.”
Mr. Erkan said last year’s West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations administered in Liberia testified to the level of quality education being given to students of the Light International School, adding that “We had 100 percent passing grades again and hope to achieve such a success story in the upcoming exams administered this year.”
According to him, due to the Ebola crisis in the country, some of their students who were from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Ghana, and other nations departed the country and are yet to return.
Before the Ebola crisis, he said “We had over 500 students, but currently we have a little over 400. We are offering quality education in computers as well, which is also attracting students to Light International School. We also want to assure our students and parents of our commitment to empowering our students educationally.”
The Light International School was established in 2006 and has graduated hundreds from the senior high level. The school has a well-functioning, air-conditioned computer lab that is also attracting students, among other facilities, he said.
The publisher and managing editor of The Inquirer newspaper, Philip Wesseh, lauded the Light International School System for organizing the dinner with media heads. He called on the school’s authority to collaborate with other schools, especially in the sciences, to ensure that kids build an interest in the sciences, a subject many Liberian students tend to avoid.