“Education, which should be the foundation of our community and economy, is one of the most important challenges of this government that must be discussed by Liberians in order to improve the system,” President Sirleaf noted.
Speaking at programs marking the 169th Flag Day anniversary at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion in Monrovia on Wednesday, the Liberian leader pointed out that “to shy away from this shortcoming will be a disservice to the community and our children as well.”
She observed that teachers very often do not have the skills they need, and that some students are not grappling with the diligence required; while few parents and community leaders are involved in their local schools.
She noted that many Liberians play a blind eye to improper behaviours such as paying bribes for grades, adding, “These are problems that the government must continue to address.”
The Liberian leader called on parents, church and community leaders to assist the government by working together to solve the problems affecting the country’s school system.
Meanwhile, the Liberian Chief Executive has admonished students across the country to focus their energy and devote their time to their books, if they are to be successful, stressing, “You have to persevere even if the work is difficult.”
President Sirleaf also encouraged Liberians, especially the young people, to be thankful for the achievements made by the government and to celebrate those who have made achievements so that others can follow their footsteps.