Liberian Education in Peril: Outrage as Sanctioned Senator Takes Helm of Senate Committee

Jan 21, 2024 - 17:20
Jan 21, 2024 - 17:21
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Liberian Education in Peril: Outrage as Sanctioned Senator Takes Helm of Senate Committee

Monrovia: The Professional Educators Association of Liberia (PEAL), in collaboration with key education stakeholders has expressed dissatisfaction with the selection of Senator Nathaniel McGill as Head of Senate Committee on Education.


In a joint statement released Sunday, January 21, 2024, the Professional Educators Association of Liberia (PEAL), National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL), National Association of Liberia School Principals (NALSP), National Parents Teachers Association of Liberia (NPTAL), National Association of Private School Owners of Liberia, and the Concerned Education Workers of Liberia, expressed profound annoyance and concern regarding the recent appointment of Senator Nathaniel McGill as the head of the Senate Committee on Education.


"The selection of Senator McGill, a United States-sanctioned individual, and raises serious concerns about the potential withdrawal or reduction of aid," emphasizing the education community and highlighting the significant financial support provided by the United States government through USAID and other United Nations bodies.

It can be recalled Senator Nathaniel McGill was sanctioned by the US department on Treasury on allegations of Corruption and bribery and misappropriation of public funds.

As part of his sanction, the United State warned the public to avoid doing business with him.


The educators' representative highlighted the moral implications of having a sanctioned individual leading the Committee on Education, stressing the need for leaders of high moral standing and expertise in the field. Furthermore, the statement expressed dismay that Senator McGill lacks relevant experience in the education sector, raising concerns about his ability to understand and address the unique challenges faced by schools, teachers, and students.


"It is disheartening to note that, to the best of our collective knowledge, Mr. McGill has never worked in the education sector of Liberia. We are expressing concern about his lack of relevant experience.


The joint statement called on the Senate leadership to reconsider and rescind the decision to appoint Senator McGill as chair on such important committee.


"It is essential that the selection be given to an individual with a proven track record in the education sector, possessing the necessary qualifications, expertise, and commitment to drive positive change.”

The representatives of the education community appealed to the government and relevant stakeholders to establish a selection process that incorporates the input and perspectives of educators, parents, and other stakeholders. They emphasized the importance of a process that serves the best interests of students and ensures that the education sector is led by individuals with high moral standing, expertise, and a true commitment to student well-being and success.


"We remain steadfast in our commitment to advocating for quality education, fostering an environment of integrity and professionalism," declared the joint statement, urging the Senate leadership to heed the voices of educators, parents, and concerned citizens.


"We urge the media, civil society organizations, and the general public to join us in raising awareness about the implications of this selection and in demanding a reconsideration of this decision.”


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