LIBERIA's EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM in the last three decades has been fraught with unstandardized practices, in spite increasing enrollment mainly at the tertiary level, thus most times producing very poor products unprepared to cope with real challenges of the larger society.
UNLIKE YESTER-YEARS LEADING up to the late 1970s and early 1980s when the University of Liberia (UL) and the Cuttington University, then a college, witnessed trained and full-time professional faculty thereat, truly molding the minds of future leaders, these higher institutions of learning along with succeeding ones have since continued to experience serious brain-drains out of the flight of the learned to other countries in search of greener pastures.
THE UNITED STATES, Great Britain, Germany, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Ghana, Sudan, France, Sierra Leone, Republic of Japan and other countries having remained in the forefront of having helped in the creation of required standards in the process, have since remained in withdrawing state evolving principally from governance systems that have come to pass in the nation, with some under-valuing the inputs of professionals and thus leading to the continuing trial-and-error that must now be corrected.
TEACHING, AS A profession, cannot continue to be entrusted in the care of the un-tutored in the art and cannot be conducted on the basis of simply having one possessing mere degrees in any discipline and should therefore be equally considered as been able to present the subject matter in the classrooms.
LARGELY HINGED UPON the above in more recent decades and far from the atrocious events witnessed in the nation, imparting sound knowledge into wards that require qualitative research cannot continue to remain at the discretion of teaching assistants and part-time faculty, in spite the full-time at times becoming overstretched.
APPARENTLY IN CONSIDERATION of the factors that continue to leave most graduates from our many higher institutions of learning seeking job placements for protracted periods, leaving only the shameless to thrive upon “contacts” without demonstrably proving their educational acquirements, UL President Dr. Emmett Dennis suspension of admissions at three graduate programs thereat may just be the beginning to an end of bull-dozing degree programs.
AFFECTING EDUCATION, ADMINISTRATION, and Supervision, Business Administration and Public Administration, with students already admitted thereat however staying on, the latest decision that did not also affect Financial Management as a result of its close coordination and collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and the Liberia Institute of Public Administration (LICPA), seeks to regain the lost position of the University over the years, with tremendous progress now unfolding.
UL PRESIDENT DENNIS' assertion that although not a condemnation, granting of degrees should not be done by part-time faculty, moreso with programs that are research-oriented requiring time, his continuing appeal to the Indian government to help bring in more of its qualified faculty ought to go beyond that by also inviting other friendly nations prepared to offer the services assist the UL.
IN THE PROCESS, however, lest it be forgotten that as the nation gradually recuperates from economic stagnation to one of recovery, those with the passion in helping adequately prepare our students at the universities and colleges cannot continue to be treated as mere civil servants in terms of remunerations, since this is the key factor that has led individual educational institutions to simply sprinkling students and calling them fish.
APPRECIATIVE OF EFFORTS being made by the Commission on Higher Education at the Ministry of Education, with community colleges being established in few parts of the country, full-time faculty must be employed and well-paid in realizing the educational objectives of the country that are far from simply been called degree holders lacking actual performances.