-Former Information Minister Terms MOE’s Order
By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.
Former Information Minister, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Bropleh has described as ‘unfair and illegal decision’ taken by the Ministry of Education on students who failed the recent West Africa Senior High School exam (WASSCE).
Speaking when he appeared on the state broadcaster, the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS), Dr. Bropleh said he sees no reason why a student would be denied graduation when he or she has successfully completed the school’s curriculum, thus, he does not agree with such policy.
“It is unfair to the students to be denied graduation when they have completed their school’s curriculum. No student who has successfully completed the curriculum by law of the Republic of Liberia and has completed prescribed courses satisfactorily and successfully for a high school be denied graduation because they failed the WASCE, it will be wrong, illegal and will not be to the benefit of our country,” Dr. Bropleh stressed.
Dr. Bropleh asserted that it would be much preferable that those students who failed the WASSCE be given the opportunity to re-sit the test the following year but not to deny them graduation.
Rev. Bropleh indicated that the issues of the educational system of the country must be tackled from all angles so as to have a holistic solution in solving the mess within the system.
The former Information Minister stated that Liberia cannot be developed with exclusivity in one area, the educational system should and must be addressed holistically at all levels.
“Let’s do something that will change the landscape of our education in Liberia. The classrooms are not hustle grounds, unfortunately, people find themselves there not because they want to be there but for survivability,” he maintained.
The former defeated Representative candidate in Grand Bassa County in the just ended elections voiced that politicians are not interested in education but are rather interested in their votes and retaining their seats; therefore, they are not concern about the educational future of the country.
He noted that if the current status of the educational system is not protected and guarded properly, the future would be missed out, thus, the country needs to learn from the past, understands the present and engage the future.
It can be recalled that, Education Minister, Professor Ansu Sonii announced that any student who fails the just ended WASSCE test would not be allowed to graduate but rather repeat the senior class (12th Grade).