The Liberian Senate has mandated its committee on Education to meet with the Ministry of Education and probe into why the Ministry has not yet reported to the Senate on its tour to the various schools for hack in tuition and other related fees.
During the 3rd day sitting of the 3rd session of the 54th Legislature Tuesday, 21 January, Montserrado County Senator Abraham Darius Dillon raised the concern that the Minister of Education has not reported to plenary, findings from the ministry’s tour in relation to the hack in tuition.He notes that it has been long since the Minister of Education appeared to plenary, but there has been no report on findings from his tour.
Senator Dillon adds that recently, he heard that the Education Ministry caught some schools that are in the act of hacking tuition.He says further that the Ministry needs to inform plenary of how many schools have been found in the act and also what decision it intends to take on those schools that were found in the act.
Additionally, Senator Dillon explains that Education Minister Prof. Ansu Sonii needs to inform plenary if the Government of Liberia is actually paying the WASSEC fees for students in the country who are to sit the exam this year.
He notes that the Ministry needs to investigate if schools are still taking WASSEC fees from the students, while government pays the same fees.“If the Government has paid the WASSEC fees for the students, the schools should refund the money they have collected from the students or their parents,” Sen. Dillon urges.
For her part, Grand Bassa County Senator Nyonblee Kangar Lawrence says that the Ministry of Education needs to address the issues of the scholarship students in Morocco, saying that it is showing bad signal on the Government.
Also speaking, Senator Commany B. Wesseh of River Gee County made a motion that these issues be sent to the Senate’s Committee on Education and report to plenary in one week.
He notes that it is a serious matter and it needs to be treated with urgency.By Ethel A. Tweh—Edited by Winston W. Parley