On Students’ Protest Nationwide, Liberian Leader Threatens Drastic Action Against Perpetrator

Liberia Leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Liberia Leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Upon her arrival at the Roberts International Airport from the United Nations General Assembly at the Roberts International Airport (RIA), President Ellen Johnson has threatened drastic action against those individuals including students who blocked roads leading to the country’s only international airport, a situation she said led the airport management to lose revenue intake as a result of the protest.

Speaking to reporters at the airport yesterday, September 28, 2016, the Liberian leader who appeared unpleased expressed her anger over behaviors on the part of the students who caused embarrassment to the government, noting, “I have ordered the Minister of Education to dismiss those teachers linked to the protest and investigation will be conducted on schools whose students took part in the protest, this ugly situation will not be allowed,” President Sirleaf sounds her warning.

Meanwhile, protesting students and teachers who dropped their chalks in demand for the resignation of the Minister of Education have all returned to their class rooms this morning, according to journalists assigned from counties that were engulfed as a result the students protest action.

Yesterday in an exclusive interview with the GNN-Liberia, the President of the National Teachers’ Association of Liberia (NTAL), Mary Mulbah said plans were being worked out for the return of teachers to their classes after meeting with stakeholders in the education sector.

It is not known as to whether the action on the part of the Liberian leader will creep into the leadership of the NTAL, an organization that spearheaded the teachers and students’ protests.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.