Scores of senior and junior high school students from Monrovia yesterday placed a blockade ahead of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s convoy, preventing her passage in demand for “speedy action affecting the education system.”
The hundreds of students in their uniforms rallied at the Monrovia City Hall just next to the Foreign Ministry office of Madam Sirleaf. As her convoy approached, the students proceeded to block the main boulevard in front of the UN Headquarters demanding that their leader descend from her vehicle and speak to them.
State security attempted to prevent the crowd from closing in, but the number overwhelmed them forcing the President to step out of her car.
She walked with the students up to the entrance of the Foreign Affairs Ministry where a brief meeting was held with the student leaders about the way forward.
In that meeting, President Sirleaf called for calm among the students, advising them to “return to your classes as consultation is ongoing.”
Mohammad Dunzo, who spoke for the students, noted that any decision must be communicated to the general public as the President’s assertion was completely different from that of her Information Minister.
He questioned the sincerity of the commitment, adding that all that the students want is to return to classes and learn.
Meanwhile, the House of Representatives has agreed that its leadership meet President Sirleaf for further consultation on the education sector.
President Sirleaf was on Tuesday summoned by the irate lawmakers over a controversial letter she addressed to them citing constitutional provisions that backed her Education Minister’s decision on school closure.
Madam Sirleaf was due to appear before the lawmakers today, but the latest decision by plenary means the quest to summon the president has been abandoned.
Plenary agreed that the Speaker and other leadership of the House meet with the President on Monday next week in order to finally resolve what it considers to be a growing crisis.