LINSU Welcomes Reform, But…

By Janjay F. Campbell

The National Executive Committee of the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU) says it is in support of the Educational Reform Proposal.

Reading a statement, LINSU’s President, Varney A. Jarsey, said the union is recommending to the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Education to establish a National Education Taskforce that will monitor and evaluate educational performances across the country and to curtail educational vices such as, bribery and sexual exploitation.

The Union has also recommended to the Ministry of Education that a B average standard should be used as a means for promotion for all students being affected in the 2015 condensed school year and that the Ministry of Education should enhance its monitoring activities by requesting the full listing of ninth grade students from all schools for the 2015 condensed school year to ensure the implementation of retaining these students in their prospective classes.

He said LINSU wants the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Education to ensure massive reduction in tuitions in all primary, junior and secondary private schools in the country to encourage enrollments.

The Liberia National Students Union stated that they want to be categorically clear that it is not supporting any protest against the closure of schools for this desired reform in Liberia’s educational sector. LINSU has condemned any plan towards this quest and called on all students to refrain from such plan as they will not take responsibility for problems arising out of any protests.

In a statement the student group noted that there can be no other time to make the rightful reforms in the educational sector than now. LINSU is saying that it is time to bring an end to the burdens of abrupt and rising tuitions.

Additionally LINSU stated that now is the time to reform the messy educational system that is far from affording quality education for students in this 21st century of advancement in Science and technology; it is also time to correct the educational calendar that was thwarted by the Ebola outbreak so as to be on par with other nations around the world.