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Bong CEO Alarms About Crisis In Education System
By Ballah M. Kollie
MONROVIA, September 20 (LINA) – Bong County Education Officer (CEO) Edward Kpulun has observed that Liberia’s education system is in crisis.
Making the statement at the dedication of a specialized computer facility valued over US$35,000 at the Kerkula Giddings High School in Sanoyea, lower Bong County on Monday, Kpulun attributed the crisis to the nearly 14 years of civil war.
The Bong CEO noted that prior to the civil conflict, Liberian students stood tall among their colleagues in the education arena, noting, “It is sad that we are taking long to recover from the effects of the war, leaving us to rely heavily on donor partners.”
He revealed that seven schools in the county have been covered by the Public-Private Partnership (PPP), a new pilot project introduced by the government through the Ministry of Education in which education partners will oversee some elementary schools across the country in partnership with the Ministry.
According to him, this effort is intended to reawaken quality foundation building in the early learning division which, he said, has not been given much attention in the sector.
“Our kids are not learning phonics; they cannot read nor pronounce well, these are factors that are responsible for the failure of our kids in public exams; unless one is able to read well, he or she will not be able to respond to questions asked on the exams,” Kpulun emphasized.
Meanwhile, the Bong County CEO has lauded Senator Jewel Taylor for the launch of the Mayo Starfish Foundation in Gbarnga on Monday.
The foundation provides financial support to deserving and needy Liberian students.