As the protest action by Liberian public school students rocks the country nationwide for the return of their teachers who have resolved to stage a ‘Stay-Home’ protest in demand of the resignation of the Minister of Education, Mr. George K. Werner, the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) support factor of the teachers’ demand says it will not yell to any pressure relating to the teachers’ demands.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the GNN-Liberia at her Capitol Hill office, the President of the National Teachers’ Association (NTAL), Mrs. Mary Mulbah said the strike action on the part of all public teachers throughout the Country will continue unless the Minister of Education who is insensitive of the plight of Liberian teachers resign.
She said it is completely unacceptable for Liberia to outsource it primary education system to a private company, noting that this move has completely violated Liberia’s legal and moral obligation.
The NTAL boss further indicated that despite numerous international calls on the Liberian Government not to outsource the country’s educational system to any private company, the Liberian Government through the Minister of Education has vowed to do so at the determent thousands of Liberian teachers who have over the years contributed immensely their knowledge to the growth of the nation’s educational system.
Displaying several communications written to the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf including the the Japan Teachers’ Union (JTU) and the New Zealand Tertiary Education Union called on the Liberian Government not to outsource its educational system to any foreign company.
one of the letters in the possession of GNN-Liberia from the JTU under the signature of its Secretary General, Yasunaga Okamoto to the Liberian leader and dated on March 23, 2016 said, “JTU is very much concerned with outsourcing and privatization of education in Liberia which the Liberian Government has suggested as a part of Public-Private Partnership. As NTAL has insisted, this issue should be discussed with National Consultative Meeting as a necessary precondition,” the JTU letter to President Sirleaf noted.
Another communication from Tertiary Education Union of New Zealand to the Liberian leader said, “We have received a report from Education International that your government has outsourced its entire primary education system to private, including for-profit, provider. We are writing you expressing our concern that outsourcing such as this will result in the privatization of education in Liberia. We ask you to suspend any further action in relation to this unprecedented move and first consult with our sister organization, the National Teachers’ Association of Liberia (NTAL). We support NTAL’s call for a genuine consultative process that considers the wellbeing of Liberian students and the future wellbeing of Liberia’s education system,” the letter concluded.
With all of these supports from the international stakeholders in education for the upgrading of the Liberian education system called on the government not to outsource the country’s education, the leadership of the NTAL says it is resolute that it will not bow to any pressure if the Minister of Education fails to step down.
Several organizations including the Liberian Christian Council, the Liberian National Police and other stakeholders are reporting having meeting with the leadership of the NTAL to see reason as to the end of the crisis between the Liberian Government and the NTAL
As a result of the Liberian Government’s intransigent to the nation’s education system, the students population within the public schools say they will not stop their protest until their requirements or demands are met including the resignation of the Liberian Minister of Education, Mr. George Werner is carry out.