By Melissa Chea-Annan
It has been reported that the Sinoe Multilateral High School lacks Science instructors due to the Liberian Government’s failure to address the plights of the Aggrieved Rural Science Teachers.
The Secretary General of the Aggrieved Rural Science Teachers, Worwin Nyongbe told The INQUIRER on Tuesday that it is almost two years now that some science teachers are yet to get on payroll, and worse of all there are no lodging for most science teachers in the rural parts of the country.
Mr. Nyongbe, explained that a communication, on the plights of the Aggrieved Teachers, was submitted to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s office since 2012, but they are yet to receive response from the President. In the communication dated September 19, 2012, a copy that is in possession of this institution indicated that most science teachers are yet to receive their full government salary according to their academic status.
The teachers, including over 70 people, lamented that they have not been paid their allowances for the months of April, May, June, November and December, 2011, January to July 2012. They also pleaded with the Ministry of Education for the reactivation of all deleted science teachers’ names on the allowance payment listing.
In their communication, the aggrieved teachers pleaded with President Sirleaf to ensure that employment documents of rural science teachers be processed speedily and that full payment of their arrears be paid.
The Aggrieved Rural Science Teachers have complained that they were deceived by the Ministry of Education in that the Deputy Minister for Administration and the Deputy Minister for Instruction are presently creating new version contrary to the original nature of the science program. They alleged that the two ministers deleted some rural science teachers’ names from the allowance payment listing on grounds that they, are now on government payroll.
“Madam President, we view the action of the Ministry of Education as a complete contradiction to the government’s policy of quality education and the Government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy program. The return of the rural science teachers to their respective assignment areas absolutely depends on your intervention and the resolution of the above mentioned conditions,” the Aggrieved Teachers maintained.
According to the Secretary for the Aggrieved Rural Science Teachers, the Sinoe High School doesn’t have Library and laboratory facilities and it is disheartening because it is a setback to the educational growth of the students. Mr. Nyongbe explained that the School doesn’t have science teachers because some personnel of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) who were assisting in teaching science subjects to the students have been deployed to another county.
Mr. Nyongbe also lamented that since they were assigned in the rural communities, the government has failed to provide educational materials to enhance their work. He said as a result, they are compelled to write their tests on the blackboard instead of printing them on ream of sheets.
The Aggrieved Rural Science Teachers’ spokesperson said, government’s failure to address their situation will leave them with no option but to return to their families in Monrovia, since the cost of living in the rural counties is becoming unbearable for them.
The aggrieved teachers expressed hope that the President’s intervention will resolve their situation and to further improve the educational system in the country, especially in the rural areas. “We anticipate that indeed you will attach great importance to this communication as we prepare to make our contribution toward the human resource capacity building of our country,” the communication concluded.
The Rural Science Program was launched by the Government of Liberia in 2010, due to the poor performance of students in science courses, especially in the rural schools. The mass failure at the time drew the attention of the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Education to launch the program.