Written by Abraham Morris-0886294820
Thursday, 02 August 2012 12:49
The Ministry of Education has with immediate effect shut down the John Wulu Senior High School System on the Capitol Bye-pass in Monrovia.
Deputy Education Minister for Instruction, Dr. Mator Kpangbai, told reporters after an inspection tour that the decision was due to poor education, filthy sanitary facilities and dilapidated classrooms at the school, among others.
The inspection tour took Minister Kpaingbai and team to four public and private schools in Monrovia including the G.W. Gibson High, Newport High, Seventh Day Adventist High and the John Wulu Senior High.
At the G.W. Gibson High School, Dr. Kpangbai expressed totally disappointed about the arbitrary increment in school fees by the administration of the institution.
He immediately registered the ministry’s disappointment about the arbitrary increment in school fees to the Acting Chairman of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) and the MCSS Acting Superintendent in a mobile phone communication.
Dr. Kpangbai said the ministry will ensure that government’s free and compulsory education policy is adhered to by all public schools in the country.
According to him, from grade one to nine is tuition free except for ID cards and insurance.
However, the Deputy Education Minister for Instruction said payment for ID card and insurance is voluntary and not mandatory, adding that parents should not be made to pay for them out of their will.
Commenting on the amount of US$15.00 being charged by some school administrations for uniforms, Dr. Kpangbai said such was unacceptable.
He warned students and parents against paying such amount for a single uniform.
Minister Kpangbai indicated that school administrations should just prescribe the type of uniforms students must wear and parents should go anywhere to purchase them for their children instead of buying the uniforms from the schools.
Deputy Minister Kpangbai also said registration fees for public senior high schools remains at LD$600 and not more while WAEC fees for 12th graders should not exceed LD1, 850.00.
He said the inspection of schools will continue and that schools that lack good facilities will be shut down without fear or favor.
Also speaking to reporters following the tour, the Director of Special Education at the Ministry, Mrs. Mayaedeh Kemeh-Gama, said the inspection was meant to create a conducive and receptive learning atmosphere for students as schools across Liberia are gearing up for the resumption of academic year 2012/2013.
Mrs. Kemeh-Gama stated that school administrators and owners need to improve the conditions of their facilities as Liberia will be writing the West African Secondary Exams.