The Government of Liberia has received commendation from every stratum of the society for its decentralization of tertiary education but the quality aspect of the education bieng provided still remains a challenge.
Straz Sinje Technical College in Grand Cape Mount County is one of the institutions bearing the brunt of this imbroglio, according to the Dean of the college, Dr. John Sellu. He decried the lack of basic equipments for the smooth operation of the institution as the stumbling block. Addressing programs marking an official visit by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf over the weekend, Dr. Sellu mentioned that the college currently does not have a functional and equip laboratory for science, Agriculture and engineering students. Sellu indicated that the instructional staff of the college faces extreme difficulties in getting research materials because there is no functional research center at the college. He narrated that students of agriculture and other departments usually borrow materials for practical demonstrations which, according to him, is unfortunate. “It is unfortunate that we don’t have laboratory for science, agriculture and engineering students. We need those materials for an efficient and effective system”, he intoned. He added that the students need research and internet facilities in order to be competitive but those facilities are currently unavailable at the college. Despite the challenges face, the college’s Dean maintained that the collage is committed to providing quality education to all Cape Mountainian including those in the neighboring counties. “We have embarked on series of programs aimed at improving the quality of learning here at Straz Sinje that includes the upgrade of the current Associate Degree to a full Bachelor Degree program so that our graduates can get their degrees without going to Monrovia”, he stressed. In addition to that, Dr. Sellu emphasized that the college intends to fully utilize the wide stretch of land given by the people of Sinje by expanding its territories in order to accommodate more students with interest in acquiring quality tertiary education.