Citizens of Kokoyah, Panta-Kpai and Gbarnga
Educational Districts have petitioned the Office of the County Superintendent and the County Education Officer to help improve the County’s educational system.
Reading the petition on behalf of the Citizens recently, student DorrisDolo of the Nathaniel Varney Massaquoi High School in Gbarnga, says they have observed with deep concerns the current deplorable state of the educational system in the county.
Our correspondent says the citizens outlined infrastructure, insufficient furniture for classrooms and offices, limited trained and qualified teachers in the classroom, limited textbooks, libraries, lack of laboratory, very poor supervision and lack of monitoring and evaluation mechanisms as some of the major challenges facing the Liberian educational sector.
According to the petitioners, in July 2018 the Community Development Research Agency (CODRA) conducted series of engagements with educational stakeholders to identify challenges within the school system in Liberia.
The petitioners recall that the engagement included physical valuation on school facilities, meetings with school authorities and educational administrators at both the districts and County levels in other to identify challenges within the school system in Liberia.
During these engagements, the petitioners say education emerged as the leading priority for socio-economic transformation, along with the economy and roads.
Further, the citizens say the Liberia Accountability and Voice Initiative (LAVI) conducted a political economic analysis on the educational sector in July 2017 which identified poor teaching system and poor classroom management as root causes for problems faced by the Liberian education system.
According to them, these challenges are complex and require a coordinated approach at multiple levels for improvement of the system.
Receiving the petition on behalf of the County, Bong County Acting Superintendent Anthony Boakai Sheriff lauded the citizens for their farsightedness in recognizing some of the challenges facing the county educational system.
Commenting on the construction of a modern library in the county, Mr. Sheriff says the November 2018 County Council Sitting, a sum of US$75,000.00 was allocated for the construction of a modern library in Gbarnga.
The Acting Superintendent calls on the citizens to remain calm, assuring that he will do everything possible to address the growing concerns under the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development.
By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong –Edited by Winston W. Parley