Superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), Adolphus Benjamin Jacobs
Educator Says Lack of Integrity Major Problem In Education Sector
By Catherine B. Nyenkan
MONROVIA, February 7 (LINA) - The Superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), Adolphus Benjamin Jacobs, has observed that lack of integrity is a major problem in Liberia’s educational system.
Speaking on the ELBC “Super Morning Show” on Monday, Jacobs said integrity in the country's educational system has been completely lost over the years.
“Everybody wants to find a short cut and nobody wants to follow the proper procedure,” Jacobs noted.
He explained that some parents go to the extent of giving teachers gifts so that their children can be given special attention and passing grades.
He said there have been rumors that some public school officials take money from parents as maintenance fees and also money to buy space for their children to enter public schools.
The MCSS Superintendent cautioned parents against paying money to any public institution for whatsoever reason because government provides all the necessary resources to run public schools.
Jacobs noted that MCSS has experienced difficulty tackling these problems because parents are not willing to give the necessary information to school administrators to investigate these allegations.
Meanwhile, Superintendent Jacobs has underscored the need for government to take the initiative to feed children with at least breakfast in the elementary and junior high divisions in public schools in the country.
Jacobs said he conducted a survey in 2013 that showed one out of every thirteen children who go to school do so on empty stomach.
He said for that reason the children sleep in class, don’t participate in class discussions and some even run away from school.
According to Jacobs, feeding children with breakfast will encourage them to go to school on time, make them active in school activities and retain them on campus.