Finance and Development Planning Minister Samuel Tweah announces a big educational prize tag of several thousand United States Dollars to any junior or senior high school operating in rural Liberia or Montserrado County that would top this year’s West Africa Senior School Certificate Examinations or WASSCE.
He says the awards range from Four Thousand United States Dollars to Two Thousand United States Dollars, respectively.He threw out the challenge recently while launching the Ministry of Education’s Compulsory Tutorial Classes for 12th and 9th graders in all schools operating in the country.
Minister Tweah asserts that the best performing senior or junior high school must be financially impotent and situated in poverty-stricken or inaccessible counties like Gbarpolu, Grand Kru and River Gee to receive an award of US$4,000.
Here in Montserrado County, the Minister says junior high schools that top the examinations would receive US$2,000 for their academic performance in the nationwide examinations.He says the Government of Liberia decided to attach a price tag to the compulsory tutorial intervention to motivate heads of junior and senior high schools in the country to perform excellently during the upcoming nationwide exercise.
He notes that government is designing more avenues where it would be able to quickly intervene by providing necessary assistance that will enhance the learning process of thousands of students in desperate need of education, but lack financial capacity to do so.
Meanwhile, Deputy Education Minister for Administration Latim Da-Thong, reiterates that government attaches great importance to the compulsory tutorial exercise to ensure that students produce the desirable academic results.
He discloses that government intends to sponsor at least five students, who successfully passed the examinations to study abroad, adding that this is to ensure US$2M spent for students on the examinations gain the desirable outcome.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Editing by Jonathan Browne