Vice President Joseph Boakai says government is exerting all efforts to resolve the challenges facing the country’s educational system. Speaking at the first commencement convocation of the Lofa Community College, Vice President Boakai said government’s approach to resolve the crisis within the education system has been systematic, methodical and steady.
He said the reopening of teacher training institutions and improved compensation to motivate teachers have all yielded fruits in the quest to improving the sector. VP Boakai, who was recently coronated as the ruling party’s 2017 flag bearer at its just ended convention in the central Liberian town of Gbarnga said government have built more schools, including regional and vocational technical institutions to increase access and assure affordability.
He said government’s limited resources have sought to improve the quality of instruction, expansion to access to education and enhancing relevance to national development. However, the Vice President acknowledged that there still challenges within the sector. He repeated claims of how the decade old plus Unity Party led Government inherited a collapsed and dysfunctional system, battered to near decimation by nearly two decades of civil war.
He noted that not only was the physical infrastructure broken down, but the general quality of instruction had diminished, fueled mainly by limited qualified teachers and poor incentives regimes. He said though the challenges remain in the fight to restore the nation, but to break these barriers, “we will have no option but to Think Liberia, Love Liberia and Build Liberia.”
The Vice President said critical to driving this renewed focus on restructuring and solidifying the country’s educational system is a meticulous curriculum planning that allows education to enable local communities achieve their needs and aspiration.
He said ‘in this context, the curriculum planning should identify the country’s education purposes and organize them into goals, objectives and aims.-Edited by Othello B. Garblah