Chairperson of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, Jewel Howard Taylor
Senator Taylor Wants Developmental Programs Prioritized In National Budget
By Calvin Brooks
MONROVIA, June 4 (LINA)-The Chairperson of the Senate Standing Committee on Education, Jewel Howard Taylor, has challenged government officials to prioritize in the national budget things that would move the country’s development forward.
Senator Taylor observed that the national budget has been prioritizing the buying of vehicles, travelling allowances and fuel, while the budget for actual programs which tackle basic social services in the country are ignored.
The Bong County Senator proffered the challenge in her remarks at a program marking the official taking over of office of the new education minister, held Wednesday in the ministry’s conference room on Third Street in the Monrovia suburb of Sinkor.
She indicated that Liberia is at the crossroads, noting that with the lack of insufficient literate people confronting the nation, the new Education Minister George Werner has a herculean task to tackle the problems confronting the educational sector.
She stressed that the country’s educational sector has serious challenges ranging from lack of infrastructures to materials and logistical support for schools, which, she noted, make learning difficult for students in the leeward counties.
Senator Taylor pointed out that even though the government has increased the allotment for education in the national budget, it is not enough to address all the problems facing the Liberian educational sector.
Also in remarks at the occasion, the Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Education, Matthew Zarzar, assured the legislature’s full support to the development and promotion of education in Liberia.
Representative Zarzar credited the Unity party-led Government with building more schools than any other government since the existence of the country.