The Ministry of Education has announced its target of approximately $100 Million United States Dollars for the educational system, which includes building and renovation of schools and cleaning of payroll, among others.
Speaking Thursday, 25 October at the Information Ministry, Acting Minister of Education Latim Da Thong said government with the help of the World Bank will invest $100 million dollars in the education sector.
According to Mr. Thong, government has planned a program for all 12 graders to study every Saturday for five hours in preparation for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
Under this program, Mr. Thong discloses that government would make it compulsory for all senior students in private and public schools to partake in Saturday study class.Concerning payment for teachers, Mr. Thong says government will pay all the teachers that will teach at the 102 centers in the country.
However, Thong says government has agreed to send for foreign studies the first top ten students that will score high in WASSCE. Already, he indicates that the top seven students from last year’s WASSCE will be leaving Liberia soon for studies in Morocco.
Mr. Thong notes that government is arranging for other countries for the next group to study until President Weah leaves power. While undergoing studies, Mr. Thong says government will be responsible for everything for the students and will provide them monthly allowances.
Concerning tutorial for senior students here, he says it will go for three years.Within four years, he announces that they will build about 150 science labs in the country, renovate all the government schools that are needed and build more schools for the betterment of the Liberian children.
Meanwhile, Mr. Thong says President George Manneh Weah’s recent declaration of free tuition for all public universities undergraduate students is a means of promoting human capital and building of the capacity of the young generation.
According to Thong, the President is trying to help the less fortunate people in the country who have the desire to go to school.He notes that the Ministry of Education has US One Million Dollars for local scholarship, saying the money will be diverted to the various universities.
By Ethel A. Tweh–Edited by Winston W. Parley