Liberia: Stop Sending Students Home – Education Minister Tells School Authorities

Minister of Education, Prof. D. Ansu Sonii, while touring several high schools in Maryland County, southeastern Liberia, called on school authorities to stop sending students home late because it puts them at risk.

He says that rather than turning away students who arrive late for school, school authorities should punish them on campus by giving them chores to do during the first period, after which they can join their colleagues in class without missing out. an entire school day.

Prof Sonii notes that the Ministry of Education has observed that sending students home due to lateness poses a serious risk to both students and parents.

“Most parents can’t be at home during the day; they usually either go to the farm in the market or to the places of work, so if you send the child home, it will be like a setback for the child. ‘child or the parents,’ he explains.

He reveals that to limit this practice, the ministry has developed a new policy that prohibits school authorities from sending students home if they are late.

Speaking at a packed meeting of local education and student engagement stakeholders on Friday, March 24, 2022 at Cape Palmas Secondary School in Harper City, Minister Sonii called on school administrators to find disciplinary duties for students who are late during the first term to allow them to stay on campus and later be allowed to join their colleagues during the second term rather than returning home and missing classes.

“Seeing the children come home, missing all day, there is a lot of risk involved, sticking to the fact that their parents already know they are in school and later seeing their children out of school, is something something we all need to work on,” he points out.

During the one-day educational dialogue, the minister also revealed that school authorities should keep pregnant girls in school to avoid early dropout.

Speaking in a parental tone, he urges students, especially women, to try harder in their studies and stop admiring boys for little or nothing.

Various stakeholders attended the forum, including the National Association of Teachers of Liberia (NTAL), the National Parents Association (NPTAL), the County Education Officer (CEO), the Head of District Education (DEO) and students, among others.

Addressing the crowd at a reception ceremony held in Pleebo Sodoken District, Maryland County Electoral District #2, Prof. Sonii outlines four (4) cardinal points which he says are necessary to maintain d a strong education system in the country.

It stresses the need to prioritize the plight of pensioners, retirees, underpaid teachers and volunteer teachers in order to strengthen the education sector.

He says retired or retired teachers in the class should get what they deserve, revealing that some of them have already started receiving government handshakes.

He adds that any teacher who was retired or retired but did not benefit from the handshake should submit their name to the county education official through the DEO office to ensure that he benefits without indicating the amount of the handshake.

Sonii assures that the government of Liberia is doing everything possible to reduce the number of volunteer teachers across the country by including them in the payroll and reveals that approximately fifteen (15) volunteer teachers from each of the 15 counties will be placed on the government payroll before the end of 2022.