Following 14 years of civil unrest, the education sector has experienced a gravitational brain drain.
This leak triggered the infiltration of unqualified individuals into the teaching staff, which led to a decline in student performance and learning outcomes.
One of its main objectives is that the Ministry of Education is committed to establishing an effective quality improvement and school accountability system that emphasizes certification and education. teacher certification.
Against this background, the Movement in Support of Teachers Licensure project held a stakeholder policy engagement dialogue aimed at ensuring mainstreaming of public perception, particularly of teachers, on the sustainability of the policy and to increase further acceptability once completed and validated in Montserrado and Maryland counties. .
This need is reflected in the new Education Reform Act 2011 (Section 3.5.1c) which states that “everyone to be employed or recruited as a teacher shall possess a teaching certificate or diploma and must be allowed to teach”.
The absence of licensing standards to further hold educators and teachers accountable has made it even more difficult to implement established policies in the Liberian school system, including the code of conduct for teachers and school administrators” , Dr. Charles Gbollie said at the meeting.
With this in place, Gbollie believes Liberia’s education sector will take a big step forward adding, “If we keep doing things the same way and without results, that means we are not Okay, and if we’re okay, that’s one of the ways.”
The issue of compensation, he said, had been a major delay in the licensing of teachers and educators at the Ministry of Education.
We hope this advocacy campaign will improve the acceptability of licensure guidelines and provide teachers with an opportunity to be heard in the policy input process.
Benjamin Reeves is the executive director of LIPACE, addressing a stakeholder roundtable over the weekend, said the objective of the dialogue is to increase the rate of acceptability of the policy when it has been developed.
“The MIST-L project will ensure that the policy-making circle is as inclusive as it is positive,” Reeves said.
The project will conduct dialogues with education stakeholders, leverage the media to share information about the national policy development process, and engender a fruitful conversation that increases policy acceptability as the Ministry of Education seeks to deploy the validated policy and its implementation.
LIPACE Boss noted that the absence of licensing standards to further hold educators and teachers accountable has made it more difficult to implement established policies in the Liberian school system, including the code of conduct for teachers and school administrators.
The MIST-L Project is a policy advocacy initiative that seeks to influence change at the policy level by ensuring that the voices of teachers are incorporated into policy development and validation processes and, more importantly, to improve learning outcomes by harnessing the collective expertise of all actors through alliances. building in Montserrado and Maryland counties.
According to Reeves, this will require cross-sector coordination of all actors involved before moving on to policy validation.