Montserrado County District #12 Representative, George Beyan Samah, wants the government to subsidize “performing” private institutions in the country.
Samah made the call over the weekend when he served as keynote speaker at the 10th graduation exercises of the faith-based New Jerusalem AGM (Assembly of God Mission) High School in Chicken Soup Factory Community, a suburb of Monrovia.
As a former university lecturer, Rep. Samah said if government implements such a call, it would go a long way in molding the minds of the country’s future generation.
“There should be a benchmark set at all training institutions, to ensure that students become vigilant in their pursuit of quality education in order to meet life’s challenges. This indeed cannot be achieved without instructional materials, trained and prepared instructors accompanied by sufficient budgetary allocations,” the lawmaker said.
On that note, Rep. Samah called on his colleagues at the Legislature to increase the budgetary allocation for government-owned institutions, and provide subsidy to schools that performed in the 2017/2019 examinations administered by the Monrovia National Office of the West African Examination Council with the appropriate measures.
He spoke on the theme, “The Importance of Quality Education in Nation Building.”
According to Rep. Samah, no nation can develop without its citizens obtaining quality education, something he said is the best developmental tool for socioeconomic growth.
He referenced the massive failure of students in the recent West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) as well as the recent University of Liberia (UL) entrance placement exam as instances that show that the country’s education system needs to be improved.
“The only way out for us as a people is to revamp our education system by instituting appropriate measures that would address the existing pitfalls through collective efforts,” Rep. Samah said.
Samah, an author of the book, “Privatization of Parastatals,” urged the graduating class to strive for quality and higher education in order to see the change they so desire, encouraging them to be good citizens as they endeavor to advance their education.
To the graduating class, he admonished them to also continue pursuing higher education with good moral character. “Your path for education is a continuous process,” he said.
“The journey you have just begun is a good start, hence the need to continue expanding your horizon cannot be overly-emphasized. As you leave these walls today, start making plans for the future as time does not await anybody,” Samah advised the graduates.
Of the 70 graduates, 67 scored passing marks in the WASSCE.