The Liberia Cooperative Standard Education School System or LICOSESS, for short, has outlined several factors it claimed are responsible for corruption in the educational sector here.
LICOSESS is an Associate Degree granting college that trains teachers for primary and secondary schools across Liberia.
Speaking Monday, June 15, 2015 on “Truth Breakfast Show, a live broadcast program in Duport Road Community, Paynesville City outside Monrovia, LISCOSESS officials said poverty is one of the factors has relegated the education system to a mess.
Benjamin Wehye, an instructor at the collage, said, teachers are not paid on time, which is bad and subjects them extreme poverty with no alternative but to exploit students, stressing the need to pay teachers, especially in private schools adequately.
When asked which school is struck mostly by poverty in the country (public or private) Wehye said, private schools are mostly hit because most private schools depend on tuition and fees paid by parents to pay teachers and staff.
For his part, Dr. Felix Adesina of LICOSESS recommends that the Government of Liberia takes full responsibility of paying teachers across the country, stressing that most private schools do not follow the rules and regulation of the Government because they depend on their own strength with no subsidy from the State.
Another factor noted by the educators is outdated curriculum in the ducation system. They want the curriculum to include technical and vocational training besides basically Social Sciences.
The LICOSESS professors also want the Government to scrupulously monitor and evaluate the education sector.
The Liberia Cooperative Standard Education School System was established on November 4, 1995 to buttress Government’s efforts in the education sector. Since that time it has graduated over 11,000 teachers up to date and transitioned from an in-service teacher training program to full-fledged associate degree granting institution, awarding Associate Degrees and “C” Certificates. By Rewina Juduh – Editing by Jonathan Browne