MONROVIA, May 26 (LINA) -The Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Education and Public Administration has reaffirmed the committee’s commitment to depoliticize education subsidy in the budget at the Legislature.
Senator Dallas Gueh of Rivercess County said it is not the responsibility of lawmakers to determine which school gets subsidy from government without the consent of the Ministry of Education, the government’s technical arm for education.
He stressed that depoliticizing education is crucial to ensure that the Liberian education system goes through the required transformation to provide quality education to Liberian children.
The Rivercess County Senator made the remarks over the weekend at a program marking the launch of the Ministry of Education Operational Plan for the period 2014 to 2016 at the Monrovia City Hall.
He emphasized that politicians should leave the issue of subsidy to schools to the Ministry of Education, which has the expertise to ensure which categories of the schools should receive subsidy from government.
He urged colleagues in the Legislature to stop recommending schools to be given subsidy.
According to him, the new education reform Act classifies schools from A to F and only the Ministry of Education has the authority to determine which schools fall in a certain category.
Senator Gueh stressed that to achieve Vision 2030, Liberia should have a sound education base that would actualize the vision which calls for greater investment in education.