By Eldred Wlemongar Thomas/GNN Staff Reporter
Since the Ministry of Education announced its policy that both private and public schools should not hold graduation until the results of the West Africa Examination Council administered to Liberian schools is release, instead of that some school despite of the Education Ministry mandate; it was ignored and carry out their graduation.
Many schools are still holding graduation exercises under the disguise of thanksgiving service and putting out their twelve grader graduates.
But in River Cess County, the flagrant disrespect of this policy has been greeted differently with the county’s Education Officer, Samuel Bondo suspending the Principal of Cestos High School, Peter Cole for time indefinite after he allegedly violated the Ministry of Education Policy on graduation.
In an interview with GNN-Liberia, Mr. Bondo said the principal was suspended after he deliberately held a graduation of 12th graders, some of whom he said did not pass the just administered West African Examination Council test.
The CEO said although those thanks giving services are usually held in places of worship and are frequently addressed by clergymen and not politicians, noting such action is not justifiable.
He said the suspended Principal without panic, went ahead to graduate the students, and presented medals and other materials that are associated with graduation.
Former Central Bank Governor Mills Jones served as guest speaker for the occasion where he presented huge sum of money to the School, this CEO Bondo said contradict the suspended Principal’s defense that the ceremony was a just thanks giving service.
He stressed that passing the 12th Grade WAEC exams certifies students’ mastery of the knowledge and skills required by the national curriculum, adding to allow students who have not passed the WAEC exams to graduate is to undermine the integrity of the country’s educational system.
Bondo said upon unveiling the policy to the nation, all public schools were notified to abide fully.
He said if country’s education system is to move from worst to best, there was an urgent need for stakeholders within the Education sector to start taking firm decision against individuals who are bent to disobeying MOE policy.
The River Cess Education Officer noted that the suspension of Mr. Cole will serve as a deterrent to would-be violator.