Rural Teachers Incentive Fund Sails Through House of Representives

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Flashback: Raymond Town Public School closed down because of the lack of teachers (2019)

In an effort to attract qualified and experienced teachers or instructors in the leeward counties and boost the morale of teachers in rural Liberia to improve the learning environment, the House of Representatives has amended the Education Reform Act of 2011.

On Tuesday, March 2, the 14th day sitting, the Lawmakers amended Chapter 9: Financing Education of the New Education Reform Act of 2011, Title 10, Liberia Revised Code, to provide for section 9.2 and all other subsections for the establishment of Rural Teachers Incentive Fund.

The House voted unanimously following a motion from Bong County District #5 Representative Edward Kafiah.

Plenary’s decision followed a substantive deliberation on the floor by members of the august body owing to report from a 5-member Specialized Committee.

The committee is chaired by Rep. P. Mike Jurry, and members include Rep. Johnson Gwaikolo, Rep. Matthew Zarzar, Rep. Kanie Wesso and Rep. Byron Zahnwea.

The Committee was appointed in March 2020 by Speaker Bhofal Chambers to scrutinize the proposed amendment of the Education Reform Act 2011. 

According to the report under the signatures of the five members, the specialized committee conducted several public hearings of major stakeholders for the enhancement of its due diligence requirement to ably inform the judgment of the august body on the significance of the proposed law including the Ministry of Education, the Liberia Revenue Authority, the Liberia National Lottery Authority among others give their professional contribution at hearings thus necessitating the amendment in the 2010 education law.

The Specialized Committee Report indicated that the Ministry of Education embraced the idea and underscored that Rural Teachers Incentive Fund will positively attract professional teachers’ attention to take up assignments in rural communities.

It was also stated in the report that the Liberia Revenue Authority assured the committee that in order to ensure that the rural teacher incentive fund project is sustained, small tax amounts must be levied on certain goods and commodities within the country for generating revenue to support the incentive fund; something which was buttressed and in agreement with the National Liberia Lottery Authority.  The bill has since been forwarded to the Liberian Senate for its concurrence.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Liberia, oh my country Liberia, why joke with the lifeblood of our mainstay?

    First, just look at the photograph of the Raymond Town Public School, do you think any professional teacher will take up job in such school with any level of incentives, no matter how fat?
    Why do we want to see development and not interested in doing the right things in education?

    Laurent GBAGBO, former president of Cote d’Ivoire, was educated through public school.
    JJ. Rawlings, former president of Ghana, was educated through public school.
    Sekou Toure and Lansannah Conte, former presidents of Guinea, were educated through public schools.
    Amadou Toumani Toure, former president of Mali, was educated through public school.
    When are we going to upgrade our public schools to produce future leaders to shape the destiny of our nation?

    When are we going to vote laws for the creation of prestigious high schools like Achimota School in Accra – Ghana, Lycee Scientifique of Yamousoukro, Lycee d’Excellence de Grand Bassam – Cote d’Ivoire, etc. where the best of our children can be recruited and educated free of charge to help build our partonomy Liberia?
    Can any of you lawmakers send your children to the Raymond Town Public School? The Bible says, “Do unto others as you would like them to do unto you”.

    You see, in Liberia, we say let’s talk so and talk so.
    You our people, what will make you to vote anyone? Because the guy is strong and has killed so many people? Can anyone who destroys ever build well?
    Maybe because he’s the best football player in the world. If such person was not well managed by people who own the clubs and his own private manager, could he ever excel in football?
    Do you think Weah is the only footballer we have had in Liberia? Have some of you heard about the magician Sam Sumo? Come on in 2023, my people!

    Dear lawmakers, propose a bill for the creation of the Ministry of Civil Service to oversee employments and salary scales in Liberia. Such ministry will professionally recruit and post functionaries in any part of Liberia without special incentives.
    Let’s put an end to this “who knows you” mediocre policy that is leaving Liberia in the abyss. I would like to earn my public service job fairly in Liberia without being indoctrinated into cultic society or selling my body.

    Think for Liberia, honorable lawmakers!

    • Mr. Dolo; Thanks! Good observations. Please allow me to add on. I suppose Liberia’s Honorable Legislators should first of all make fundings available; to pay all teachers’ salaries arears and make the learning environments presentable. Needless to say, provide adequate learning materials. No matter what the incentives, if the schools are poorly equipped, it won’t make the [LEARNING] better anywhere. *Liberia’s flagship public high school, Tubman High in Monrovia is so poorly maintained. One can only imagine; what public schools in “Rural-Liberia” look like.

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