In a speech delivered yesterday, she emphasized, government and educational stakeholders must place key priority on the education of the masses instead of paying lip service if the future of the young generation is to be secured.
She indicated that the investment into the education sector must be tangible in terms of cost, noting “first and foremost Liberia needs to focus on priorities than schemes that only enrich a few. Our national budget needs to be recalibrated to address the need of the masses instead of enriching the few rich.”
“I sincerely believe the best way out of this quick sand is to increase the education budget not less than 30% of the national budget,” she said.
She however frowned on the government of Liberia decision to privatize public education through the introduction of the Public Private Partnership (PPP), executed by Bridge International Academies.
“If we mean business in this country, we cannot privatize the education sector and say we serve the interest of the poor. Government’s current private partnership program is an anti-pro-poor scheme designed to keep the majority of our less fortunate brothers and sisters out of schools,” she mentioned.
She added: “this is the reason why the PPP continues to meet stiff resistance both at home and with our international partners. The best way out of this educational quick sand is to invest more resources into the sector.”
She then called on the all to take the needed steps to rebrand and rescue the educational sector to secure the future of the youthful generation.