GOL to Sack Certificate Holders?
The Government of Liberia or GOL has announced that it would sack none holder of bachelor’s degree from teaching secondary schools in the country, but it did not say when.
Weeding out none BSc earners from teaching high schools in Liberia is intended to enable the country compete with the education systems of other countries in the region (West Africa). Deputy Education Minister for Instruction Mator Kpanbgai made the disclosure Tuesday while delivering the ministry’s 150-day deliverables in Monrovia.
“Liberia’s educational system must be able to compete with others within the sub-region. Therefore, we need qualified and competent teachers in the classroom,” Kpanbgai noted. He expressed the belief that solid foundation was the hallmark for the achievement of good and sound results by anyone within a competition.
“This year’s WAEC results show a significant improvement in the abilities of candidates from the Firestone School System who topped both division 1 and 2 again,” Kpanbgai lamented.
The Deputy Minister noted that with the introduction of the new curriculum by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), there was a need to have qualified and trained instructors in the classroom.
Education Ministry’s statistics issued here early this week reflected that more than 70 percent of the candidates in this year’s exams made a passed. Six (6) students were successful in division 1, while 81 did the same in division 2.
Even though the main factors responsible for the decision by the Ministry of Education may not be known, the continued positive transformation of the country’s post-war education system cannot be overemphasized.
With the government’s decision to sack none degree holders from teaching secondary schools, it is not known what will become of those who have earned A, B and C Certificate holders. Many of them are products of both Kakata Rural Teachers Training Institute (KRTTI) and the Zorzor Teachers Training Institute (ZTTI). Writes TKS