The Liberia National Student Union or LINSU has expressed its commitment to help rebrand the mess in the educational sector. LINSU president Varney Jarsey, has disclosed plan to host a nationwide ‘Meet the Challenge’ quizzing tournament with the participation of all 15 counties to improve the learning capacities of students and move the sector from mess to good.
“We believe that exposing students to extra-curricular intellectual activities will greatly increase their potentials”, he said. Addressing a news conference over the weekend at LINSU head office in Monrovia, Jarsey said the tournament is expected to kick off on 26 February and end on 29 April 2016 under the theme, “Rejuvenating the Culture of Academic Excellent.”
He said the academic contest is divided into two phases – phase one is the intra-high school tournament in the 15 counties, geared at selecting the various county teams. This phase is squarely a mock of what will happen in phase two. Phase two, which is the national high school quizzing tournament, brings counties face-to-face with one another in what promises to be an exciting academic challenge.
The LINSU has commissioned a committee to carry out the tournament in consonance with the counties’ students union under the direct supervision of its national executive committee. Jarsey said fifteen 21st Century quizzing bells and 15 Public Address systems have been acquired for effective operation and conduct of the tournament, and these items are being dispatched to the counties.
He said this is a demonstration of LINSU’s commitment to secondary school students across the country, underscoring that one of the true qualities of a good leadership is to be responsive to the plights of its constituent members. To this end, it will continue to meet the objective plights of students in Liberia.
The LINSU president also disclosed the quizzing tournament project is being sponsored by the Government of Liberia in the tone of US$100,000 with more than 25,000 students from schools across the country expected to participate.
He said at the end of the competition, certificates of participation and other laurels will be awarded to all participating teams, including best quizzer in each category; most valuable quizzer, and winning teams of the grand finale.
By Bridgett Milton