Education Minister, Etomina Tarpeh
Gbarpolu DEO Denies Students Work At Mines
By Robert Dixon
MONROVIA, March 26 (LINA) - Gbarpolu County District Education Officer (DEO), Charles Kaba, has dismissed reports that students are leaving the classroom to engage in diamond and gold mining in the county.
He said the office of the DEO was not aware of this, because no parent, guardian or school authority in the county has reported that students were abandoning the classroom for the mines.
According to the Liberia News Agency, DEO Kaba emphasized that he has not received any such information from any of the over 27 schools under his supervision.
Recently, it was reported in the media that students were leaving the classrooms in the county to work in diamond and gold mines to earn money to improve their livelihood.
Kaba told a team of reporters Wednesday that the only challenge facing the education system is students leaving classes during school hours to go on the farms, upon the instruction of their parents or guardians.
According to him, this is because neither the parents nor the children have fully grasped the concept of education.
He said educators were working in collaboration with stakeholders in the county to instill in parents, guardians and students the importance of education.
Meanwhile, the Gbarpolu County DEO has called on parents and guardians to collaborate with school authorities in the county for the effective functioning of schools.