“We Need to Produce our Own Textbooks”

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Outgoing Education Minister Etmonia David Tarpeh has called on Liberians to prioritize their children’s education through writing books that will help students acquire quality education.

Tarpeh made the comment on Wednesday at the official turning over to the Ministry of Education (MOE) 10,000 copies of the National Curriculum on Citizenship Education.

The books were produced by contractors under the joint supervision of the Governance Commission (GC.)

 She said there is a need for Liberians, especially the educators, to focus on producing materials that are relevant and helpful to attaining quality education.

“We need to start writing our own textbooks for school going children and stop buying all kinds of books on the streets because there are Liberians with the requisite ability to write books for the children in particular,” she said.

According to Madam Tarpeh, the writing of books by Liberians will help to make learning easier for the children, adding that this is the time for every Liberian to engage in making learning easy for children.

“We need a team that can provide expertise in textbook writing to the education sector. When we need textbooks, we can call on them to provide rather than buy from the outside.”

She wants the Ministry to do away with importation of educational materials because some of the textbooks provided were not making an impact on the country’s education sector.  Some of the names and other content in those textbooks and how they are written sometimes prove difficult for the students to understand, she said.  

She explained that it had been a long road to achieve the turning over of the books.  She said she was proud to receive textbooks that will have a positive impact on the student community, particularly the younger generation.

The Co-Chair of the Governance Commission (GC), Elizabeth S. Mulbah, commended Madam Tarpeh for her commitment to the Ministry and to Liberians.

 James Fromayan from the Center for Democratic Empowerment, Felecia S. Doe-Sumah and Assistant Minister for Early Childhood Education, among others, witnessed the formal turning over of the textbooks. 

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