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House cites authorities at MOE

By Bridgett Milton

The House of Representatives has invited authorities of the Ministry of Education (MoE) to appear before the full plenary next Thursday.

The MoE officials are to provide update about the Government of Liberia’s compulsory primary education and special inclusive education for the deaf and visually impaired.

The Plenary took the decision Tuesday, 20 February 2024, following a communication from Montserrado County Electora District #4 Representative Atty. Michael M. Thomas.

According to Rep. Thomas, his attention has been drawn to the long-lasting ineffectiveness of the Free and Compulsory Primary Education and the Special Education Policy instituted by the Government of Liberia across the educational sector.

He said the government’s policy on Free and Compulsory Education and Special education in Liberia was introduced in 2001 and reaffirmed in 2011.

He added that it is an Educational Reform Act passed by the Liberian Legislature in 2011 to improve the country’s quality of education, to encourage school enrolment, reform the governance structure of the education system and to fulfill the constitutional provision that obligates the government to develop the minds of Liberian Children.

He continued that it was meant to develop the people living with disabilities through the Special Inclusive Education Division of the Ministry of Education.

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But he said the deaf and visually impaired people have been neglected and have become mere street beggars.

Rep. Thomas added that, unfortunately, policies and programs outlined by the Ministry of Education have heavily challenged the educational sector, with state actors labelling the sector as a mess with little or no improvement.

According to Rep. Thomas, the availability of education to every Liberian child, and people living with disability will shape the minds of a huge portion of the future leaders in the right perspective and reduce the dangers posed by illiteracy to the basic equity in the social, moral, and political areas of the country.

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