Speaker Koffa Expresses Frustration in Liberia’s Education, Challenges Education Stakeholders to Improve to Quality Education

May 28, 2024 - 14:22
May 28, 2024 - 14:22
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Speaker Koffa Expresses Frustration in Liberia’s Education, Challenges Education Stakeholders to Improve to Quality Education

By: William K. Howard

Capitol Hill: House Speaker, Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, has outlined challenges confronting the education sector, recommending concrete steps to improve it.

Speaker Koffa among those challenges highlighted the conferment of degrees on grandaunts not adequately capable of defending their respective academic credentials.

The Speaker also decried the appalling learning conditions impeding learning activities at the tertiary level in rural Liberia.

According to him, the education sector continued to experience logistical and manpower gaps; as a result of retirement compelling scores of rural lawmakers to settle the arrears of volunteer teachers.

The Speaker said in the worst case that those lawmakers don’t meet up with such obligations, both the students and volunteer teachers feel the pinch.

Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, is recommending investment into Technical Vocational Education in order to develop the skills of the country’s workforce.

Speaking earlier, the House’s Chairman on Education, Representative Romeo Quioh, called for generational preparedness of young people backing calls by speaker Koffa that there is a need for total reform in the country’s education sector.

The Speaker pledged the legislature’s support and collaboration towards programs intended to improve the Education sector.

Representative Quioh then recommended an education stakeholders retreat where stakeholders in the sector can meet and develop working mechanisms to enhance productivity.

These remarks were made on Monday, May 27, 2024, during a long Education Engagement Meeting with Education Stakeholders organized by the House of Representatives Committee on Education.

The gathering, on Capitol Hill, brought together authorities of the Ministry of Education, Monrovia Consolidated School System, The Parents Teachers Association among others.

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William K Howard William K Howard Jr is a young Liberian Journalist who is focused on investigative and human-interest reporting. He comes with about 10 years of experience in mainstream journalism. William K Howard is currently the Deputy Director of News at CT.com Liberia Limited, Kool 91.9FM/TV. His hard work has also earned him several professional certificates in journalism including Journalist of the year 2022/2023 in Liberia's biggest city, Paynesville.