Making the donation yesterday, Mr. Massaquoi said the educational sector of Liberia is still lagging far behind due to alleged government’s failure to improve the sector by paying better salaries to teachers and creating better learning environment for students, adding, “It is sad to still see students in the country sitting on the bare floors in various classrooms visited.”
He stressed that since the closure and reopening of schools by the current Education Minister George Werner for the purpose of reform in the sector, there has not been any reform in the sector.
He told The Capitol Times newspaper in an interview that his organization will remain engaged with giving back to the community, especially the education sector in other to reduce the hardship faced by students and teachers in the country.
According to him, it is still sad to have teachers in the classroom making US$150 as salaries that cannot even buy them bag of rice and settle other domestic problems.
He further described the under paying of teachers in the country as an abuse of labor by the Government.
The ULOCJ acting Secretary General also appealed to the Government of Liberia to do more especially by improving the learning environment for students and teachers.
“Education is the bedrock for any nation development; we need to place more priority to it,” he stated.
The ULCJ acting Secretary General then called on other Liberians in the Diaspora to come back home and contribute to the improvement of the educational sector that will bring relief to the citizens.
He said the United Liberians of Central Jersey with over 250 members was organized to help the struggling educational sector that was badly affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) even though the sector was not better before the outbreak of the killer disease.
ULOCJ will not only focus its attention to the educational sector, but other areas of concern like the health sector by providing awareness about how to prevent future outbreak of any disease in the country.
Some of the items donated by the United Liberians of Central Jersey included text books, pencils, erasers, and drawing pads to enhance their learning skills in the country.