President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
No Quick-Fix To Education Plight - Pres. Sirleaf
MONROVIA, April 2 (LINA) -President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has admitted that rebuilding the educational system after years of decline “cannot simply be a quick-fix” task.
“It remains an open secret that I am a critic; perhaps too harsh a critic as a result of the disappointment of what is expected,” she said in a nationwide address Wednesday commenting on several issues of national concerns.
“The truth, however, is that…we admit the scarcity of resources and the fact that rebuilding the educational system after years of decline cannot simply be a quick-fix.”
The Liberian leader made it clear that government is determined to address deficiencies in qualified instructors and inadequacies in facilities and instructional materials.
According to her, “we intend to achieve this through consistency in effort, holding all stakeholders, including parents, students, teachers and administrators, accountable, as well as increase resources and support to the educational sector”.
She pointed out that government, stakeholders and partners are also continuing the expansion of youth empowerment programs, especially through technical vocational education and training by which government continues to change the challenging statistics of youth unemployability.
“In this regard, we are strengthening the linkage between concessions and technical and vocational training centers so that we train our people for available jobs,” she said.