The Ministry of Education (MOE) has introduced a new program in the Country’s educational system. The new program according to the Education Minister, Dao Ansu Sonii will see students divided into two different groups in the country.
Professor Sonii said beginning September of 2018, Students who are science intellect will be placed in a science program while students who do not have science intellect will be placed in the social sciences and non-science program.
He noted that as Minister of Education in consultation with his colleagues in Ministry and the President, the Curriculum of Liberia has been reviewed and revised. Minister Sonii expressed hope that they are placing people in the direction that they have the competence and capacity for so that when the regional assessment exams come subsequently, those who are not science students will not be allowed to do Chemistry, Physic, and Biology.
According to him, the third part of the curriculum has to do with exclusion skills, adding ‘so we have the science, the non-science , and the exclusive skills’. He narrated that because they do not have the resources to start the skills program in all of the schools, they will only start with the science and nonscience program this school year.
Minister Sonii averred that they are hoping that as the year advances when one leaves ninth grade he/she will choose between skill education, non-science and science education.
He said if they must build the skills program and respond to competence education knowing that there has been knowledge education, there is a need to ship it now to competence education.
The Education Boss intoned that it is their expectation that by the time the first part of the Weah led-government is over, a good number of people will begin to rise at the point of a middle class stating that though it will not make them wealthy, they will not be hungry.
The Minister indicated that because the Ministry of Education intends to distribute vocational and technical education across the Country, the program is beginning with six Institutions including the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) Booker Washington Institute (BWI) Zwedru Multilateral High School, Sinoe Multilateral High School with a program in Harper and Vonjiman Multilateral to follow if thing works well.
He added that the objective of the program is that in the space of ten years every County will have a Vocational Multilateral High Schools to train their people in their Counties.
He then said with that they need to now begin to envision the training ground because by the time the program is ending in five years or before it finally ends, they shall pursue that Booker Washington Institute becomes a training center and therefore skill up to a vocational-technical university.
Minister Sonii made the disclosure in Kakata recently at the graduation of over two hundred Students in the Japanese Heavy Equipment Operator School (JHEOS) at the Booker T. Washington Institute.