The newly appointed Inspector General (IG) of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Gregory O.W. Coleman, has called for dialogue between the Ministry of Education (MOE), the National Teachers Association of Liberia NTAL, and the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) Teachers Association to end the ongoing stalemate.
The stalemate has led to a teachers’ strike, student protests, and the blocking of major streets and highways, indicating that the crisis has a serious national security risk, which must be addressed without delay, according to an LNP press release.
IG Coleman said the sporadic blocking of major highways in the country, including the Monrovia/Kakata highway and the Roberts International/Monrovia highway, by protesting students is worrisome.
The IG has encouraged the parties to find ways to get the students to return to the classroom as soon as possible.
Coleman said finding a quick and amicable solution to the standoff was important for the country’s peace and security, and also for the benefit of the innocent students, who are victims of this unfortunate situation.
He made the statement yesterday when he met and held discussions with the leadership of the NTAL and a three man MCSS Teachers Association delegation at the LNP headquarters.
Coleman informed the NTAL leadership that the LNP’s intervention is aimed at finding a solution to the crisis in the interest of the peace in the country, which is being threatened by the students’ repeated street protests.
In response, NTAL President Mary Mulbah lauded the Police IG for inviting the association in order to listen to their complaints, and promised their full cooperation and willingness to remain peaceful as they assist LNP’S mediation in the matter.
Madam Mulbah described the meeting with the police as fruitful and promised to meet with other senior officials of the association to address their concerns with the LNP.
Both the LNP and NTAL leaderships are expected to continue the dialogue today, Wednesday, September 28, at the LNP Headquarters in Monrovia.