ALU’s Executive Director Stresses High Standards -In Educational System

Dr. Emmanuel Bravy Daykeay

The Executive Director of the Association of Liberian Universities (ALU), Dr. Emmanuel Bravy Daykeay, has described the provision of advanced and high quality education by learning institutions in Liberia as their best show of patriotism for the Country grappling with challenges of restoring a once wholesome functioning education system.

Dr. Daykeay says in order to achieve Liberians’ much-craved infrastructural and human resource development, decision makers in the education sector need to step up the standards of their programs and encourage studies in technology and the sciences.

Commending President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for strong efforts she has made towards educational advancement, the Liberian educator expressed optimism that the goal of making Liberia’s education sector viably competitive can be actualized.

He said this can be done by universities and colleges projecting innovative means of reforming the current weak system. According to him, there is a clear possibility of Liberian education ranking competitively high among counterparts in Africa by firstly making sure ‘there is no place or accommodation for grossly incompetent teachers’.

The ALU Executive Director said, there is no other time better than now, for government to exercise stern measures against unqualified teachers roaming classrooms of tertiary learning institutions whom he believes were instead ruining the future of the Country’s next generation of leaders by the obvious inability to impart knowledge by passing on the requisite instruction.

When the right teachers and educational administrators are given appropriate placement in learning institutions, Dr. Daykeay said Liberia can rise up from the current slow pace of advancement and establish a strong system that prepares the youth for job readiness in the world of work.

“Other nationals who have attained the best quality of education do not owe it to Liberia in terms of putting in place the best system that works positively for society’s advancement, they owe it to their respective Countries so we have to employ the right people to get the right things done,” he stressed.

Dr. Daykeay emphasized that other nations whose education systems are well on course are not waiting for Liberia to grapple with all of its challenges but are continuing to advance further. He observed that Liberians need to take more action and talk less about strategic and serious policy matters by tackling head-on, problems debilitating Liberian education.

With qualified and competent instructional staff, he said universities can play significant leadership and stakeholder roles in partnering with government through the Ministry of Education, the Commission of higher education and international funding organizations in ensuring school advancement, curricular reviews and amendment to meet current realities and effective advisement programs to produce professionals based on job market demands.

In President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s recent reshuffling of the Grand Bassa Community College Board, she appointed Dr. Daykeay as a member. In a four-month period since his return home, Daykeay has been providing volunteer services to some learning institutions in Liberia through his non-governmental organization – ‘Education for Liberia.’

He has provided professional capacity building services to secondary and primary schools including Maretha Preparatory School. He currently serves the University of Liberia Graduate School, and AME University as Professor at senior level. Prior to his return to the United States of America recently where he is defending his dissertation for his second Doctoral Degree in education at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona, Dr. Daykeay served Starz College of Technology as Associate Dean for Research and School advancement.

He is said to be an applicant for the Presidency of the Bong County Community College located in Gbarnga City; even though he is yet to confirm or deny this.