Lofa County Senator George T. Tengbeh wants government to lift tariff on educational materials in the country.He says when this is done; it wound help to reduce prizes of educational materials brought into the country, including stationeries and textbooks, among others.
Senator Tengbeh made the call over the weekend in Monrovia while serving as keynote speaker at the 47th Accolade program of the Haywood Mission Institute in Old Road community, Monrovia.
He notes that many schools in the country may lack equipped libraries so reduction in tariff will help students to purchase stationeries, textbooks and other materials to do their work.
He also urges government to prioritize the welfare of teachers if Liberia is to produce sound and educated future leaders.According to the Senator, Liberians or teachers are making tremendous sacrifices in providing sound, quality education to the Liberian children without getting equal benefit to commensurate with their time and effort in the classroom.
Senator Tengbeh says prioritizing welfare of teachers is one way of fulfilling government’s Pro-Poor Agenda and should be considered seriously.H advises parents to give proper training and welfare services to their children instead of shifting that role to teachers.
He wants parents to serve as role models for their children, by showing them love and care to enable them to confide in them instead of discussing their problems with their peers, who might advise them wrongly.
He says parents should also sacrifice and invest in their children’s education, adding that a good family should be one in which people share, protect and encourage one another either in times of joy or sorrow.
He says mothers should make their homes havens for their families and endeavor to respect, submit and be immediate advisors for their children.He stresses that Mothers should regularly visit schools to find out not only how their wards were performing in the classroom, but their conduct to help groom them well.
Parents should support teachers to instill discipline – good character training for the young ones and interact with teachers to enable them ascertain problems of their children at school.
Senator Tengbeh also emphasizes the need for parents to attend PTA meetings to deliberate on issues pertaining to the welfare and the future of their children.
He describes education as the most important tool that the students receive which brings them success in society, adding that education lessens the many challenges that one faces in life.
-Editing by Jonathan Browne