The political leader of the United People’s Party (UPP), McDonald Wentoe, says his party is committed to supporting Liberia’s education sector.
He made the remarks over the weekend at the University of Liberia’s Palava Hall during the induction of officials of the Student Integrity Movement (SIM).
“We believe that getting education is an unquestionable path to the middle class and the upper class. UPP will provide all necessary opportunities to fulfill that dream and contribute to the economy and Liberia’s democracy,” Wentoe said
He said Liberians are in search of education that will give them employable skills to compete for jobs in the wake of the increasing high cost of living.
According to him, the UPP leadership will build new schools and equip them with modern technology, connecting them to 21st Century education – promoting the sciences, playgrounds, and recreational facilities and providing them with meals while learning.
“We are committed to ensuring that every child in Liberia has access to basic education in the 21st Century, so they can compete with students in the region as well as students in the world,” he said.
He noted that this will require excellence at every level of Liberia’s education system. This will mean that we close the achievement gap between Liberia and schools in the sub-region and ensure that in every county, children can benefit from high quality education, he added.
On the party’s School to Work Policy, he said “We will reward teachers for achieving great successes among their students. We will work with all stakeholders, including schools, private and public sectors to develop the entire school system and provide rewards and incentives for performing schools—while providing support and assistance to struggling schools.”
Wentoe said the UPP will achieve this by aligning the school’s curriculum with market demands at the domestic and international levels so that the youth can have a clear pathway from school to work.
According to him, Liberians want opportunities and possibilities to realize their dreams raise strong families, and build vibrant communities.