The Chairman of the Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association, Anston S. Jackson has called on the National Legislature, especially the Senate, not to concur with the House of Representatives on the 2013 and 2014 fiscal budget until the following demands are met. Mr. Jackson who is Chairman of the Faculty Representative Council maintained that the increment of the teachers’ salaries, the allotment for their training both locally and internationally as well as placement of supplementary teachers on official payroll must be addressed by the Government of Liberia immediately.
The MCSS Representative, in a release issued early this week pleaded with the lawmakers to also consider the conditioning of school facilities for effective and efficient transfer of knowledge and skills before concurring on the budget.
Mr. Jackson expressed the hope that these conditions would be adequately addressed to avoid another “Go-Slow” action that may likely hinder the opening of all MCSS schools for the 2013/2014 school calendar.
He reminded the lawmakers that teachers in this country continue to contribute their quota in ensuring that Liberia realizes the creation of productive labor force and endowing in its increased knowledge and skills, the provision of widespread employment and income-earning opportunities for the society.
He said even if alternative investments in the economy could have generated greater growth, this would not detract from the important contributions, non-economic as well as economic, that teachers can make and has made in promoting the aggregate economic growth, peace and sustained security of the country.
According to him, the teachers have been engaging and continue to engage major political decision makers to seriously consider the roles teachers play in attaining and sustaining the peace, security and economic growth that our country now enjoys.