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River Gee Lawmaker Wants Technical Institute In Fishtown
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River Gee Lawmaker Wants Technical Institute In Fishtown

By Wilfred Gortor

MONROVIA, May 9 (LINA) - An Act seeking to establish a vocational and technical institution in Fishtown, River Gee County, has been submitted to the House of Representatives by River Gee County Representative Christian Chea.

The Act submitted to the Plenary of the House on Tuesday, when passed into law, according to Representative Chea, will bring total relief not only to youths of River Gee County, but to the entire southeastern region of Liberia.

Chea said in a communication addressed to House Speaker Emmanuel Nuquay that the Act is also intended to establish a vocational and technical institution within River Gee for the purpose of awarding diplomas and certificates to its graduates.

He said when established, the institution will provide a conducive learning environment in all aspects of vocational, technical and professional education that will effectively promote development and improve youth education, among other things.

Chea said the institution will promote and maintain a standardized learning environment where citizens of all races, class, gender and ethnic settings will enjoy equal opportunity of vocational and technical activities within River Gee County.

The River Gee lawmaker told Legislative reporters following the submission of the proposed Act that he has observed that as a result of the lack of skills and technical training, many youths in the county and other parts of the southeastern region most often do not find suitable jobs to do after they graduate from high school.

He disclosed that this most often results into undertakings where most high school graduates resort to taking up jobs in the informal sector which does not match the educations that they have strived to acquire overtime.

“It is glaring that illiteracy is still in the corners of our country, many of our young people enter high school and graduate with WAEC certificates; thousand of them who acquire such certificates go about without jobs to do," Chea said.

He added: "The reason is that they do not get a job to do because they are not skillful, the world is advancing in technology, and therefore we need people with careers and skills, that is why we are saying that more emphases should be placed on Technical and Vocational Education and Training.

The House, has forwarded the Act to its relevant committees for further evaluation and subsequent advice to the body.



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