Against this backdrop, two young Liberians have returned to the country to help improve the education sector under the Ministry of Education’s “Getting to Best” manifesto.
The Liberian scholars, Alton V. Kesselly, a PhD candidate for applied Mathematics at the African Institute of Mathematical Science in Cape Town; and Abbas Sheriff, with Master’s Degree from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, are back in the country to help the Minister of Education, George K. Werner, actualize President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s vision for the education sector.
The pair is planning to establish a “Science Club” that would be aimed at encouraging Liberian students to take interest in the Sciences.
“There is a general perception in Liberia that science is difficult- which is true but we can find a way to make learning science courses attractive,” Alton told the Capitol Times in an interview on Thursday, January 21, 2016 in Monrovia.
Alton holds Masters in Mathematical Science from the African institute of Mathematical Science in Cape Town, South Africa; Masters in Astrophysics from the University of Science and Technology in China.
According to the two Liberian scholars, this new idea if accepted and supported by government and international partners will engender the establishment of an equipped research institute that will boost the morale of science in Liberia. “Research ability of science students in the country is not encouraging. There is a need to improve it,” Abbas said.
They disclosed that their coming back home did not come on the spur of the moment. They were scouted by Education Minister Werner long before he was appointed by President Johnson-Sirleaf due to his untiring desire to improve the quality of learning in the country.
Abbas said he came in contact with Minister Werner through social media Facebook after he posted an opinion piece. “That’s how we started interacting. He was the Director General of the Civil Service Agency (CSA) then,” Abbas narrated.
He said they are back home to work on a few programs such as curriculum rebranding, research institute, tutorial for public test (West African Examination Council) exams, among others.
Abbas Sheriff was awarded the “Best International Student in Pure Sciences” award and the “Best Student in the College of Sciences” at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.