The Liberian government’s quest to have qualified teachers in the various schools across the country has been bolstered by the administration of the LICOSESS College of Education, pledging to provide five hundred scholarships to serving teachers in Montserrado County.
The problem of unqualified teachers in public and private schools across the country has been a critical challenge faced by the Ministry of Education.
During former Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s presidency, she described the country’s education system as a mess due to the lack of qualified teachers within the school system across the country.
Due to such a statement by former President Sirleaf, the Government of Liberia, through a bilateral agreement with the Government of Nigeria, provided teachers to assist the government in providing quality education to the youth of Liberia. .
With entering the country, Nigerian teachers for a period of two years did not solve the messy education system.
The government of President George Weah also inherited the mess of the education system.
The government led by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Unity Party and the government led by President George Weah’s Coalition for Democratic Change through the Department of Education have worked over the years to improve rural teacher training institutes in Margibi, Rivergee and Lofa counties, including Teacher Colleges across the country with the hope of having qualified teachers in private and public schools across the country.
The Unity Party-led government and the CDC-led government have raised teachers’ salaries to attract more qualified Liberians to classrooms, but there is still work to be done to address the shortage of teachers trained.
In an effort to provide quality services by qualified teachers to students in Montserrado County, the administration of LICOSESS College of Education has launched a scholarship program for five hundred serving teachers.
“Given its official recognition and elevation to a full bachelor’s degree program by the Government of Liberia and coupled with the fact that the vision of LICOSESS over the past 26 years has always been to enhance the efforts of the Ministry of Education to provide qualified teachers to school systems across the country, LICOSESS currently considers it mandatory to give back as part of its corporate social responsibility, offering a one-year tuition-free scholarship to 500 students- teachers in Monrovia and surrounding areas,” the administration statement stated.
The statement continues: “This is a one-school-one-scholarship program intended to reduce the ratio of unqualified teachers in 500 schools in Montserrado.”
According to the administration, each recognized school in Montserrado is eligible to submit a teacher to benefit from the scholarship.
The administration added that the 500 scholarships are not part of the USAID-RTI scholarship initiative.
“As per the Memorandum of Understanding signed between LICOSESS and RTI, the USAID-RTI Fellowship, the terms of which are yet to be finalized, will ONLY target candidates in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education and with an emphasis particular on women candidates as well as persons with disabilities,” noted the Administration.
The LICOSESS administration further indicated that the scholarship is available to applicants of all programs of the college, including the “C” certificate, Associate of Arts, and its bachelor’s degree programs. Accordingly, current students of the school are also eligible for scholarship forms and can be picked up at the central campus at GSA Road, for only LD500.00.
The LICOSESS scholarship, in particular, targets in-service teachers trained in different disciplines rather than teacher education (i.e. a teacher with a bachelor’s degree in accounting who is currently employed in a school).
In addition, the LICOSESS administration also announces that effective May 1, 2022, all arrears in the form of arrears of tuition and fees, arrears of graduation fees, arrears of ‘practical education, staff loan arrears and salary advance arrears over 5000.00LD or 50USD from the year 1997 to December 2021 are agitated, “This statement affects all counties in which we currently operate. The cancellation of zones will only last until June 30, 2022”.