(ELBCRadio.com – Jan 12, 2015) – The Liberian government has declared free education scheme in all public schools from Kindergarten to 9th Grade across the country.
A release quotes education authorities as saying: “Students from (Kindergarten to 9th Grade) are not required to pay tuition and registration fees.”
The release said 10th to 12rh Grade students are required to pay in three installments only Seven Hundred Liberian Dollars as registration fees during the school year.
“Three hundred Liberian dollars each will be paid during the first two installments, while one hundred Liberian dollars will be paid as the final installment, the education authorities said.
The Education Ministry is, however, warning all public schools not to charge above the required fees or face drastic administrative action.
In the past week, this pronouncement by Government has triggered mixed public reactions.
Some critics of Government described the gesture extended to only public schools as discriminatory since the Ebola crisis created economic setbacks for both public and private school students.
Other veteran and professional educators in their wisdom want `1Government extend similar gesture to private school students in keeping with its Free and Compulsory Primary Education Policy which seeks to encourage education for all as opposed to education for a selected few.
Another account of the public points to the abrupt re-opening of schools when Ebola still exists in the country, while others are recommending the reopening of schools to March this year.
During the first term of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the Liberian government introduced Free and Compulsory Primary Education Policy to attract considerable enrollments in all public schools.
By Patrick Flomo/Joseph T. Koon