The Monrovia Consolidated Schools System or (MCSS) is calling on Government to support both private and public schools across the country in the pending reopening of schools.
Speaking Tuesday, January, 13, 2015 at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism’s daily press briefing, the Superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System, Adolphus Jacobs, said Government should support both private and public schools because they play an important role in the educational sector of the country.
Mr. Jacobs stressed that the support is necessary because teachers and students of private schools are Liberians, saying, “I think it is essential to plead with government to render support to private schools, because they are educating our children.”
The Liberian government has pronounced the reopening of schools on February 2, 2015, something which is seeing here by many people as a burden on parents, who have suffered economic squeeze due to the Ebola Virus.
There have been calls from several quarters for authorities at the Ministry of Education to postpone the reopening of schools to March.
The MCSS Superintendent, who also called on parents to prioritize their children’s education, said the February 2nd schedule will provide an opportunity to test the strength of the Government whether Liberia is Ebola freed.
“For long time our children have sat home without doing anything to improve their learning ability”, he noted.
Mr. Jacobs frowned on parents who are calling for the postponement of reopening of schools, stressing that the issue of reopening grade schools in February is to inform the international community, and partners that the deadly Ebola virus is on a decrease in Liberia.
He said parents usually allow their children to play football, and go to video clubs without fear for the virus so the resumption of academic activities shouldn’t be an excuse.
The MCSS boss said no parents should base their excuse on the fear of Ebola Virus, because the System has trained 70 of its staff that is capable of handling a suspected case or other cases at any school facilities, and emphasized that students will have to sit far apart from one another to avoid bodily contact.