KRTTI Graduates Over 90 in B-Certificate 90 in B-Certificate

By: Yawah Jaivey in Kakata, Margibi County.

The Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI) in Kakata, Margibi County, has graduated about 91 teachers from its first postwar B-Certificate Pilot Program.

Mr. Nuwoe Kellen, Coordinator of the B-Certificate Program at KRTTI, giving overview of the program at the graduation ceremony on Saturday, December 16, 2017, recounted that the program was basically established to professionally train Junior Secondary School teachers for the duration of two academic years and subsequently place them in schools across the country.

“The B-Certificate Program existed before; but was shut down due to the civil unrest in Liberia. Later, it was reactivated after a partnership agreement between the Government of Liberia (GOL) and the European Union (EU),” Kellen informed the audience.

The European Union, he said, provided technical assistance by hiring subject consultants and a curriculum was designed by the consultants and the local team. Kellen further noted that the validation of the curriculum was done by various stakeholders in November of 2005 and a team was then setup to manage the program at KRTTI.

He revealed that on 15April 2016, the B-Certificate program at the pilot stage was officially launched with the recruitment of one hundred (100) C-Certificate in-service teachers from all fifteen counties for their participation into the project and since then, the Government of Liberia remains the sole sponsor of the program.

“Trainees including 25 females and 75males were trained in four subject areas: Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science and Language Arts. Twenty-five (25) trainees were initially placed in each of the four core subject areas and they were offered pedagogy and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) courses to enhance their teaching skills,” Kellen disclosed.

The KRTTI’s   B-Certificate Program Coordinator at the same time praised staffers of the program for their cooperation and dedicatedservices to the successful completion of the program.

He used the occasion to honor some staffers for their exceptional performance during the implementation of the project.

For his part, KRTTI’s Director, Mr. Shadrach Y. Kerl, praised the Ministry of Education (MOE) and partners for their supports towards the successful implementation of the B-Certificate pilot project.

Kerl underscoredthe need for stakeholders in the educational sector to validate the curriculum to determine the continuation of the program and subsequent implementation at other teacher training institutes.

“As we speak, this class is called special class because it is a class of the pilot phase of this whole program; this is a proud symbol of the Liberian people today that we’re closing the gap between primary and secondary schools that has been open all this time and we want to officially declare this program open for continuation,” Kerl noted.

At the same time, Dr. Romelle A. Horton, Deputy Minister for Instructions at the Ministry of Education (MOE), expressed confidence that, with the graduation of the ninety-one teachers,  government achieved in its effort to having more professionally trained teachers in Liberian school system.

Minister Horton disclosed that the Government of Liberia, in partnership with the European Union Mission to Liberia, has secured the needed funding towards the continuation and sustainability of the B-Certificate program at the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI).