Min. Sonii Blasts Teachers, School Administrators for ‘Poor Dress Code’

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Min. Sonii: "We will remain robust in our quest to improve the system"

Education Minister, Dr. Ansu D. Sonii is not happy about the untidy appearance of many of the teachers and their support staff at their respective assigned places of work.

Sonii therefore challenged them to be one of those people that the public should admire, “because teachers and or school administrators represent the parents (first contact) while imparting knowledge to the pupils.”

Minister Sonii remark was contained in his declaration of the official launch of the five-day National Education Summit and the Joint Education Sector Review on Friday, May 4 in Monrovia.

The summit, on the theme, Prioritizing Education: “Why We Should Care,” runs from May 21 to 25, 2018 with the aim of harnessing a collective effort to provide  quality education for every Liberian child. It will he held on the campus of the Booker Washington Institute in Kakata, Margibi County.

He told the gathering comprising education stakeholders that the exercise is to institute a vibrant education foundation to capacitate the students, but warned that teachers and school administrators should, specifically during school hours, remain at least well dressed to represent the ministry and the education sector, whose mandate, among other things, are to impart well tailored knowledge to the students.

“To build on previous gains and learn from existing challenges, we have undertaken a wide range of engagement with stakeholders and a nation-wide assessment of schools. This has provided us the first-hand information about the issues affecting education in the country today,” Min. Sonii said.

Education Deputy Minister for Planning, Research and Development, Alton V. Kesselly, said the upcoming event will bring together 300 education specialists, policymakers, parents and teachers by highlighting the government’s vision for education as a key pillar of the pro-poor agenda. It will also outline government’s approach to working alongside key stakeholders to give Liberian children the best possible start in life.

In addition, Kesselly said partners, including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the World Bank will make special presentations.

“Education is a priority for the new administration, which has recognized that that robust change is needed to improve the life chances of Liberians and contribute to the sustained development of Liberia or the benefit of everyone,” Kessselly said.

The objectives of the summit, according to him, are to present findings from key assessments of the education sector, (other reports from the sector); present the pro-poor agenda perspectives for quality education in Liberia; identify workable solutions that contribute to an improved education system; present the rationale for increment in allocation to the education sector in the national budget, and obtain shared commitments for education advancement in the country.

The summit will provide opportunities for key stakeholders to review the education sector, provide independent perspectives of the status of the sector and develop consensus around a shared vision for the improvement of the education system in the country; concentrate on the Joint Education Sector Review, which will assess implementation progress at both the county and national levels against planned activities and targets outlined in the “Getting the Best Education Sector Plan.”

It will also outline forward-looking recommendations.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. Why is Minister Sonii worrying about teachers and administrators’ poor dress code, and NOT about the illiterate students they (teachers and administrators) are graduating??

    According to the West African Examination Council, approximately 50 percent of senior high school students flunked the recent WAEC exams. Another 17 percent is being investigated for cheating.

    But here’s the kicker: Most of the students who failed (and those caught cheating) are from government schools! Low test scores + low moral standard = A government school student.

    But yet the government continues to give millions and millions (more than one-sixth of our national budget) of our tax dollars to the incompetents at the Ministry of Education to run government schools and keep their pots boiling!

    The Ministry of Education is a complete waste of taxpayers money. Shut it down, and give that money to poor parents to send their children to private and/or parochial schools.

  2. Mr. Martin Scott, do you think by government subsidizing individual student’s education through individual parent, is a better way forward? I see so many discrepancies through the disbursing of such fund to parents.

    Since knowledge obsoletes, as time pass, why can we have a better teacher training programs with up-to- date teaching materials, along with livable salary. Our teaching staffs should attend annual work shops to upgrade their various credentials to keep them with the pace of global ranking.

    Let us not give up on our government teachers, they are what we got. Let us stick with them, retrain them if the need be. Achieving a success, is not one long race; it is many short races one after the other, and keeping the pace.

    From the University of Sydney, Castlereagh St. Science and Med. Dept.
    My love to all Liberians.

  3. Everyday Liberians say they want to be like Ghana and Cote D’IVOIRE but are unwilling to allocate 23% of their national budget for education.

    Ivorians subsidize 66% of education costs at the University Level with a subsidy. Ghana has a SSNIT Social Security and National Insurance Trust loan and a National Service to boost work experience and literacy rates in Ghana. Nigeria also has a Nigerian Students Loan Board NSLB along with a student loan and National Service upon graduation across the country for literacy and employment.

    Liberia needs to replicate those examples or stop talking about development.

  4. correction: 2nd paragraph, ‘why can we have a better training programs’. Should be a question: Why can’t, we have a better teacher training program?

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