Liberian Educator Wants Educational Sector Decentralized

By Edwin G. Wandah

A Liberian Educator, Hester Williams Catakaw, has said that this time of the Ebola crisis provides the best opportunity “To put things in the right perspective and plan for a dynamic educational program for Liberia.”

In an article being published by this paper today, Madam Catakaw said, “This is the worst time for education in Liberia. This is the worst time because the Ebola virus has infected so many people that all our schools and learning facilities have all closed.

“We can use this worst time in education to begin our best in education. Let us use this time to put things in the right perspective and plan for a dynamic educational program for Liberia,” Mrs. Catakaw averred.

She also alarmed over the issue of decentralization of educational activities which according to her, is a paramount concern to the nation’s educational sector and tat decentralizing the educational sector of Liberia is worth more important to the country’s future generation than anything else.

“I have spoken with so many people on this aspect of decentralization. We must decentralize education in Liberia now! One hundred and sixty seven (167) years of centralized education in Liberia has not worked,” Madam Hester Williams Catakaw stated.

The former Deputy Education Minister in her analysis also stressed the importance of early childhood education which according to her will serve as a foundation to the building of a well firmed educational foundation for the country.

Madam Catakaw said she has been on record since 2008, explaining to fellow colleagues and stakeholders in the Liberian educational sector the importance of early child education for Liberia. According to her, the process, if achieved, should be a mandate of the Ministry of Education and should not be situated at the Ministry of Education premises itself.

She then stressed the need of revisiting the current National Curriculum of the Ministry of Education for Liberian schools. “Look at your National Curriculum; it is not harmonized with the West Africa Secondary Schools Certificate Exams (WASSCE),” Madam Catakaw stated.