The executive director for the Youth Coalition for Education Liberia calls on the Government of Liberia to invest more financial resources in the educational sector.
Mr. Beyan Flomo Pewee says when government invests more financial resources in the educational sector of the Country, it would afford many Liberians opportunity to be able to control their economy now in the hands of foreigners.
Speaking Sunday, 8 July at the 4th graduation exercise of the “Life Changers Day Care and Elementary School” in Monrovia, Mr. Pewee also called on government allocate more resources to accelerate industrial growth and national development.
He notes that available statistics from developed countries indicate that significant investments made in technical, vocational education and training accelerated their industrial growth and development.
Mr. Pewee appeals to government to provide allowances for books and research to Polytechnic teachers.He observes that current trends of employment in tertiary institutions do not guarantee job for life unless the employee contributed to knowledge through research and innovation to justify continued engagement.
He disagrees with former President Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that the Liberian education system is a mess and welcome recent results of the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations released by the Liberian government in which 65 percent of students across the country failed.
Mr. Pewee lauds those Liberian students who for the first time wrote the exams and passed as compared to other West African countries that have been writing the exams regularly.
He argues that 33,124 candidates took the series of tests from April 3-20, 2018 at 216 testing centers in the country with 32 of the 600 senior high schools that participated recording a 100 percent pass rate.
He says students from the 32 schools received the minimum grade required to pass.According to him, the only problem facing the Liberian education system is moral and financial support, rather than a messy system.
-Editing by Jonathan Browne