Education Minister, Etomina Tarpeh
Margibi CEO Concerned About Lack Of Trained Teachers
By Richard Baysah, LINA Margibi County Correspondent
KAKATA, March 25 (LINA) - Margibi County Chief Education Officer, Gorma Minnie, has expressed concern about the lack of trained and qualified teachers in public schools in the county.
Madam Minnie said most of the schools visited during her recent assessment tour of schools in Margibi County, especially in remote parts of the county, lack trained teachers.
Speaking in an interview with the Liberia News Agency Monday, CEO Minnie said with the Kakata Rural Teachers Training Institute in the county, she expected that most public schools would have hired teachers with formal training.
She also pointed out that some of the schools visited have a population of over 100 students but have only four teachers, all of whom are "high school graduates" with no formal training.
She said the situation confirms that most schools in the county are not up to the task in addressing the educational needs of Liberian children in the area.
CEO Minnie said another major challenge facing the Margibi County education system is the lack of chairs and benches at public schools, in all the three educational districts in the county.
She said due to the lack of furniture at these schools, many students sit on the floor, describing the situation as “very appalling” for the learning process in the county.
Currently there are 99 public schools in Margibi County, with 40 in the Kakata, 32 in Gibi and 27 in Marshall Districts.