The Liberian National Student Union (LINSU) with support from Matrix Media and its subsidiaries, Capitol FM, Capitol Insider Magazine and the Capitol Times Newspaper over the weekend launched the National County Quizzing Competition at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia.
According to the organizers, the tournament which is an annual event remains the biggest in the country educational history and is expected to be held simultaneously in the 15 counties of Liberia. Addressing the occasion as keynote speaker, Liberia’ Maternal Health Ambassador Miatta Fahnbulleh described the exercise as a positive step towards improving the educational system in Liberia. Ambassador Fahnbulleh mentioned that support to education helps every human to rethink and direct them for better future. She further intoned that education helps to unlock doors of freedom and prosperity for every human. For his part, Mr. Varney Jarsey, President of LINSU reaffirmed commendations to partners including Matrix Media for support to the program. He applauded authorities of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) for providing over US$100,000.00 to conduct the exercise. Mr. Varney Jarsey indicated that the funding from the government of Liberia which was attained through numerous consultations will enhance the smooth operation of the nationwide tournament intended to rejuvenate the culture of academic excellence amongst students. The LINSU president narrated “while we are first to admit that the government of Liberia must seize the moment to substantially invest in education, it is an act of virtue to commend her when she does commendable things”. “Against this backdrop, we commend the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning under the stewardship of Minister Amara Konneh, and the Ministry of Education who have all agreed to institute a modern educational system despite our numerous constructive disagreements, the LINSU boss stressed. Jarsey mentioned “this quizzing tournament is the biggest ever hosted in the country and it is a serious demonstration of our commitment to help rebrand this messy educational sector as well as the beginning of the revitalization of fervor and excellence in the educational sector. He stated that the tournament is divided into two phases that include an intra-high school tournament in the fifteen counties, geared at selecting the various county teams and the national high school quizzing competition that brings counties face to face with each other in an exciting academic challenge. According to him, LINSU would immediately launch a nationwide inter-county debate competition upon the completion of the quizzing tournament. He pointed out that the programs are intended to help strengthen the educational sector of Liberia as well as enhance students’ competitiveness in academic excellence locally, regionally and continentally.