The appalling condition of the educational sector due to mass failure of Liberian students in regional and university exams has sparked a debate on who is responsible. Some blame students, while others hold teachers and the Liberian government responsible.
The debate was recently fueled when over 10,000 students were placed under probation at the University of Liberia for scoring low grades.
Mr. Nathaniel Gbaba, Chief Operating Officer of the New Millennium Oil and Gas Company, the only Liberian company which has leased Oil Blocl 16, said teachers should not condone or practice “sex for grades.”
Gbaba said such a practice contributes to the shamed educational sector as well as the health sector, to the extent of having bad nurses.
He made the statement on Saturday, May 16 during the 16th Pinning and Acceptance of graduates from the First Aid Department of the Helthon Community Health Training Institute in Nyanfor Town, Gardnersville, outside Monrovia.
Gbaba, also a lecturer at the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LIPA), said the exploitation of students using sex for grades should be shunned by all teachers as their way of making them to study to earn their achievement.
He cautioned students not to engage in such practice because it can spoil their integrity and ruin their honest learning.
“This has to stop; the Education Ministry has beefed up her mechanism,” Mr. Gbaba said.
He urged administrators, parents and guardians to play their respective roles to change the situation for the better.
The Helthon Community Health Training Institute was founded in 2004 by the late Dr. Anthony Jota and over 500 students have graduated from the health school.
Prior to his current position, Gbaba served as National Program Officer of the UNDP, Special Assistant to the Governor of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and the Deputy Managing Director of the National Port Authority (NPA).