The Principal of a local private school in the Municipal Borough of New Kru Town Robert Teah, says private schools across the country are life- time partners of government, so the Government of Liberia should support them, especially, during this global health pandemic.
Mr. Teah explains that that as life-time educational partners, the government needs to intervene by paying salaries of some of private schools teachers due to the current health situation in the country.
He laments that the outbreak of the Coronavirus in Liberia has caused schools to close down operations thereby, denying them the opportunity of generating fees to cater to instructors’ salaries. According to him, most of the private schools teachers are seriously vulnerable due to the fact that they are not working as a direct result of the current health crisis that have compelled the government to declared a State of Emergency in the country.
Mr. Teah believes that government’s quick financial assistance to private schools would help to ease instructors’ economic challenges, who have no means of sustaining their livelihoods. “Our schools are presently closed and we don’t have anywhere to source money from to pay our debts due our instructors. We seek government’s intervention in order to bring some relief to our struggling classroom teachers”, he pleaded.
He notes that if nothing were done to rescue private schools teachers, possibility of re-opening schools would be difficult, if not impossible because schools are no longer in operation. He appeals to President George M. Weah to intervene to avoid private schools perpetually closing their doors to the public due to their financial inability to pay teachers.
The Government of Liberia closed learning institutions here after the index case of the Coronavirus was reported in March thereby, bringing the entire educational system to a standstill. However, the President has mandated 12th graders across the country to return to classes in preparation to write the 2020 West African Senior Schools Certificate Examination administered by the West African Examination Council, WAEC.
By Emmanuel Mondaye–Editing by Jonathan Browne