District #16 Representative, Dixon Seboe has barked the Ministry of Education new mandate to prolong school hours for students in order to absorb the curriculum for proper learning.
The lawmaker statement came days after the Ministry of Education issued a mandate, recommending the change in the normal school hours to be increased by additional two hours for all schools; which is intended to improve the messy education system in the country.
The ministry’s mandate indicated that classes for students should run from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday to Friday in order to absorb the academic curriculum.
The ministry decision is triggered by the enormous failure of students’ shown in public test and at various school levels in the country.
According to Rep. Seboe, the mandate will strengthen the educational sector and help students achieve their academic work.
“We cannot solve the capacity problems in our schools if our students are not completing the curriculum adequately”.
He said Students need to be challenged relative to their academic work at school noting that both parents and teachers have pivotal roles to play in achieving this cause.
“Presently in my district, we are running a scholar program that is challenging students to do their best in obtaining scholarships and financial aids to pursue higher learning”, He disclosed.
He argued that longer hours in school will help students learn adequately to avoid massive failure in school in order to improve the society.
“Completing the curriculum involves time and our students must be able to remain and do their work to avoid taking home tons of assignment that they might not read”.
Rep. Seboe pray the indulgence of the Ministry of Education to also include the school feeding program in order to help students keep strong during school hours in ensuring a smooth learning environment.
“We don’t want people complaining that the hours are long and they’re learning on empty stomach so let the Ministry initiate the school feeding program in order to fast-track the learning process”.
Being a member of the ruling party CDC, he restated the government unbending position to continuously support key priority area as a means of improving the country, in which the educational sector of paramount,
“This is a pro-poor government and at such education is one of the top priorities and we must ensure that the system is on par with international standards. He ended.
“Let’s face the reality that our students are not doing well academically to improve society tomorrow, a majority of our young people are not focusing on their lessons”, he averred.
Rep. Seboe craved the indulgence of the Ministry of Education to include stringent measures in the system and hoped that the Ministry’s budget will capture major reform in the sector.
The ministry of Education is expected to appear before the joint committee public hearing in order to defend their allotment and allocations in their budget line. The process is done yearly by the joint commitment in order to streamline public expenditures and the need for proper allocations.
The educational sector has come under fire recently due to the massive failure of students and poor academic performance of students across the country.
In the Proposed recast budget 2017/2018, a total of over 79milliom is reflected for Ministry of Education’s funding.
In a related development, the Government of Liberia and the World Bank have signed a new grant agreement of US$11.07 million for the Global Partnership for Education-funded Liberia “Getting to Best in Education Project.”
“Liberia Getting to Best in Education Project” is a four-year initiative intended to improve equitable access to early childhood education, improve teacher quality in early childhood and primary education and support the Government to strengthen national school accountability systems.
The signing ceremony took place Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Through the project, which focuses on six counties (Rivercess, Sinoe, Grand Kru, Maryland, River Gee and Bomi), over 570 schools will benefit from school grants, nearly 1400 teachers and 1500 principals will be trained and a new School Quality Assessment tool will be implemented to improve education system monitoring and assessment”, Madame Larisa Leshchenko stated.