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Prez. Sirleaf proposes a compromise in new school calendar

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President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf

(elbcradio.com/July 21, 2015)-President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is calling on stakeholders in the education sector to reach a compromise on a new school calendar.

President Sirleaf said “A consensus on a school calendar and other issues is crucial to allow reforms in the country’s education sector.”

She praised students, teachers, civil society groups and partners for their participation in the ongoing consultations, but urged them to remain constructively engaged in the process.

The Liberian Leader made the statement Monday, July 20, 2015 when she addressed stakeholders in the education sector at the Monrovia City Hall.

The President said: “Though achieving the much desired quality education for all Liberians is not a short term goal, it is important that the process starts now.”

The one day meeting was in continuation of the recent national education sector review forum conducted in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, in support of the new education reform plan.

At the same time, Education Minister, George Werner, said: “The entire process will lead to a win-win situation.”
.In separate remarks, representatives of the various groups at the meeting expressed support to the reforms but with some concerns.

Representatives of private schools called for their inclusion into the education consultations and other support.

In a related development,  the civil society and student groups also called for more budgetary support and reconsideration of time in the reform process, respectively.

 


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