Deputy Education Minister for Instruction, Hawah Goll-Kotchi, has described the Liberian education system as “on track to strengthen the standard of learning” in the country.
Deputy Minister Goll-Kotchi said the education system is on track to enable Liberian children to compete with other students in the sub-region.
She told the Liberia News Agency on Saturday shortly after the Liberia National Spelling Bee final competition at the Monrovia City Hall, that it is regrettable that the current budgetary allocation to the ministry is inadequate to organize all the programs intended to improve the standard of Liberian students.
She indicated that the Spelling Bee program seeks to create competition among students in various schools across the country to ensure that students think critically and analytically to understand their lessons.
She explained that due to the lack of budget for other programs to help build the capacities of students in the country, the Education Ministry has been receiving assistance from local and international partners.
Minister Kotchi then congratulated the schools and students who participated in the 2014 Competition held under the theme: “Promoting Reading and Spelling in Liberian Schools”.
It started in 2008 under the supervision of the American Embassy in Monrovia, but is now fully under the supervision of the Ministry of Education.
Student David Howard of the Bong Mines Central High School in Bong County was first place winner, while student Vera Lah of ArcelorMittal High School in Nimba County and Courage G. Noring of Kaytoken Elementary and Junior High in River Gee County, won second and third places respectively.
Howard got US$1,500 prize money, while the second and third winners got US$1,000 and US$500 respectively, along with trophies. Other participants were given medals and certificates of participation.