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.