Despite criticism from some quarters, the Government of Liberia recently launched the partnership program for Liberia in collaboration with Bridge International Academy.
Appearing yesterday on Capitol FM breakfast show, Minister Werner indicated that the program works with education providers with proven models of school management, teacher support and increasing learning outcomes to transform the public school system in the country.
Werner lamented that the pilot program of the PPP will implement its model in 50 public primary schools for the 2016 /2017 academic years.
He further mentioned that there is a broad education sector plan drafted by the Ministry of Education which has multi-donor support that will position Liberia to receive education grants by December next year.
According to him, Liberia historically can boost of many school systems with the Catholic, Episcopal, Baptist and individual’s private school already making immense progress in the educational sector.
“The democratization of education was led by the private sector; we almost had apartheid of education system in Liberia when public education was exclusively for the elite and the well connected. It is the private sector that led the drive to bring education to the marginalized”, he maintained.
Under the government’s PPP program, children are expected to attend robustly managed public schools, where thoroughly prepared and trained teachers will be in class teaching the Liberian national curriculum for over 8 hours a day.
The partnership document states that the PPP will also provide materials including textbooks, independent study books, individual homework books, learning aids amongst others.
Children are expected to have access to extra-curricular activities such as sport, music and debate and will be supported to be leaders in their communities.
The schools will remain under government’s control and will meet the Ministry of Education’s standards and expectations for primary and nursery schools.
Government school teachers will be provided with additional training and support, including daily teachers’ guides empowering them to create child-centered learning environments, where all children are learning. The partnership will additionally train new teachers and create employment opportunities for Liberia’s best and brightest to lead this critical government initiative.