Looking Into The Catholic Students’ Plight

IT IS ABOUT three weeks now since members of the Association of Catholic School Teachers and Support Staff (ACTS) publicly announced and began a “Go-Slow” action in demand of five months’ salary arrears. The association reportedly reached the decision following a meeting upon the reopening of schools on February 16, which had been closed because of the Ebola virus.

THE ASSOCIATION AT the time said its decision by ACTS was predicated upon Catholic Educational Secretariat’s outright refusal to pay the five-month salary arrears owed the teachers in spite of all peaceful approaches and interventions by some well-meaning Liberians.

IT THEN CALLED on all of its members to report to their respective schools only to sign in their signing book and refrain from entering any classroom for the purpose of teaching.

ACCORDINGLY, IT ADVISED its members during the “Go-Slow” period that teachers should not take instruction from any school administrator or CEO’s administrators and that any information relative to returning to academic normally will be given only by the leadership of ACTS.

ALTHOUGH FEW OF the schools said they are not part of the action called by its association, the go slow action is said to be very effective in many of the catholic schools as teachers are yet to begin teaching, a situation that is affecting the learning process of students of the school system.

AS THE GO slow action continues to affect the students, the students for the second time last Friday staged a peaceful protest action in the streets, demanding for a solution to their plight. Seemingly this second protest was prompted because there appears to be no solution in sight for them to begin normal academic activities.

CONSIDERING WHAT IS obtaining in many of the Catholic schools over this go slow action by teachers, it is necessary that those concerned, including the

Ministry of Education begin to intervene in this matter for normalcy to return to the school system.

UNARGUABLY, THIS GO slow action is indeed a setback to these students, some of whom are expected to sit the national examinations by the West African examinations Council (WAEC). It is unfair that while others are in school, proceeding with the national curriculum, these students, who had paid an ordinate share of their tuition, are yet to begin classes.

THE CATHOLICS KNOW from the Bible (King James’ version) in Ephesians 6: 4 which says, “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Therefore, we appeal for a solution to avoid unnecessary protests and also for the students to begin normal academic activities.