Schools With Poor Science Facilities Could Risk Closure If…

Schools With Poor Science Facilities Could Risk Closure If..

– MCSS Boss Says  

 By Agnes M. Tarr

The Superintendent of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), Benjamin Jacobs, says ‘he could close schools that are operating in the country without laboratory, and Library facilities had he been the Minister of Education’. According to him ‘it is important that a child obtains knowledge in sciences upon his or her graduation from high school to have a broad idea in all sciences’.

He made the statement on Wednesday April 25, 2018 at the Capitol Building during the USAID/LMD Liberia media Budget Monitoring for Accountability under the theme “Engaging Citizens on National Budget for Accountable Development”.

The MCSS Boss furthered that whatever the case is they have the mind set to return and improve the current situation of the MCSS institutions in the country to the expectations of the citizens.  The program brought together several students from various high schools and universities across Monrovia.

The Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) provides primary and secondary education to the population mainly in  MonroviaLiberia. The MCSS was established by government in 1964 under the Act that Amended the Education Law to Create the Monrovia Consolidated School System.

Although Mr. Jacobs’ are profound, some critics and internal workers in the MCSS environment believe that to change the entire country, he must ‘change the school system over which he presides’. They believe strongly that ‘the MCSS does not have adequate facilities like laboratories and libraries to meet the demands of its students’.

Meanwhile, speaking on the education system in the country and how the current recast budget could impact the educational sector, some students from the AMEU argued that education system in Liberia is not as bad as is being said in many quarters of the country, but added that it needs improvement. The believe that there are both good and bad students everywhere in the world. They suggest proper monitoring and evaluation of the education system to ensure quality productivity. The students also recommended that the educational sector funds placed in the budget must be increased and monitored so as to put Liberia at the same level of the education system in other countries in the region and the world at large.

Making remarks on how the pro-poor agenda can positively affect the educational sector, the Chairman on education at the lower house, Hon. Johnson N. Gwaikolo. said it will be prudent to encourage NGOS and private sector participation in the educational sector. He said government ‘should mobilize external resources through appropriate bilateral agreements and partner with international development agencies to increase the funding of the educational sector’.

According to him, “when this is done the sector should be effectively managed and monitored in ensuring that funds are appropriately and judiciously expended and accounted for”. Th program was organized by USAID in collaboration with Internews and LMDI “THE DIALOGUE” Community Media Forum.

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