About 90 students from the Avertus Huff Elementary and Junior High School in Big Wehu, upper Barclayville District, Grand Kru County have reportedly abandoned classes in pursuit of gold and other greener pastures.
The Principal of the school, Jonah Koffa, made the disclosure to the New Dawn over the weekend in Barclayville. Mr. Koffa says the move by the students is very disturbing and not in their future interest, something which he blames on parents.
He laments that some of the students are presently engaged in drinking alcoholic beverages and consuming harmful substances. He is meanwhile calling on parents in the district to do everything possible to prevail on their children to leave the goldmine and the ridding of motorcycles to return to the classroom to prepare themselves academically to serve the district in the future.
At the same time Planned International Liberia or PIL, has expressed serious concern about the practice of child labor in the country. The organization says the level at which the Liberian child is being subjected to labour, violates his or her fundamental rights.
PIL Education Advisor Mr. Eugene Gray, made the observation over the weekend in Barclayville, Grand Kru County during program marking the end of celebration of the international week of the young child.
Serving as guest speaker at the program organized by the Bureau of Early Childhood Education from the Ministry of Education, Mr. Gray continues that when the Liberian child is given the opportunity to go to school to prepare himself for future challenges, he will eventually place himself in the position that would enable him or her to meaningfully contribute to the development of the country.
He calls on parents across Liberia to take advantage of the present learning opportunity in the country to educate their children in order to prepare them for future leadership role.
By John Bropleh, Grand Kru -Editing by Jonathan Browne