70% of Grand Kru Teachers not trained - CEO discloses

Grand Kru County Education Officer Josiah Johnson has disclosed that 70 percent of teachers in the county lack the training required to be in the classroom.

According to the County Education Officer (CEO), majority of the teachers have not undergone formal training at any accredited teacher training institution in Liberia.

He was speaking Monday in an interview with the Liberia News Agency (LINA) at the beginning of a two-day nationwide data questionnaire training for County and District Education Officers for the Liberia Education Sector in Monrovia.

Mr. Johnson stressed the need to provide in-service training for these teachers, if they are to impart quality education in the students.   

He attributed the lack of trained teachers in the leeward counties to the refusal of trained teachers to take up assignment in these areas.

He explained that if government can provide in-service training for those who are willing to teach in the counties, it would strengthen the educational system in rural Liberia.  

Meanwhile, according to Mr. Johnson, many school structures in the county are in deplorable condition, while some are makeshift structures that do not attract the children to go to school.

He stressed the need for the Education Ministry to provide accurate data and information to enable policy makers to plan for the education sector and make available the relevant funding to improve education in Liberia.  

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