Voinjama Multilateral High School Principal, Mr. Ericson Boakai, has said that there is no competition amongst Liberian students.
Mr. Boakai made the statement on Friday when he spoke to a team of journalist on the school campus in Voinjama City, Lofa County.
The principal said students have taken more interest in social activities than studying their regular lessons after schooling hours.
He said this is because 90% percent of Liberian students are parents and therefore, they all have their families and responsibilities to cater to.
“Despite majority of students being parents, they must be given due respect. But with that respect they are tasked with the responsibility of studying their lessons. If our students are studying well, they will have the kind of competition that once existed amongst Liberian students years ago”, he asserted.
He said his institution as its own way of keeping the students focused, sizes the tie of any senior student who fails two or more subject and gives red shirt to any junior student who fails three subjects and above.
The principal noted that the removing of tie from senior students serves as motivation to continue studying their lessons.
He, however, said the school still lacks some basic materials needed to smoothen the learning environment for the students.
‘During the civil crisis, this institution was badly damaged by rebels at the time. In the process, we lost so many things that would have contributed greatly to our learning process now.
If we had a laboratory, library, computer room and enough reading books, students wouldn’t spend time watching champions league and going to video clubs because these activities will keep them busy after schooling hours.
Students spend the whole day looking for money, ridding pen pen and it’s really affecting the learning process greatly”, he explained.
The principal said with over 1200 students last semester, the institution has been able to maintain it good records at the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
“We have also put polices into place to make sure that there will be no room for teacher and student relationship. If a teacher is cut in the act, he or she loses their job on the spot. As for the student, he/she will be expelled immediately.
The school has also engaged in other extra curriculum activities like quizzing, debates and sports to keep the students equip and ready to compete with other schools around the Country”, he noted.