By: David Nuakolo Flomo Jr
Bong County District #3 Representative Josiah Marvin Cole has submitted to the Plenary of the House of Representatives for legislative enactment, an Act to provide and expand educational opportunities and to mandate free tuition education at all public secondary schools in Liberia to be known as the Dr. Joseph Saye Guanue free secondary education Act.
Speaking to a team of Journalists at his Capitol Building office following the submission of the bill, Rep. Cole said as clearly stated in the Liberian Constitution that government is under obligation to provide education for its citizens, it is important that Parents be given the opportunity to educate their children at a minimum cost.
According to the Bong County lawmaker, when the bill is legislated it will alleviate the financial burdens parents across the country face in sending their children to school.
“This law will be a total relief for our parents.
Since school re-opened, parents are calling me for help to register their children” he asserted.
Representative Cole’s Bill further explained that the intent of naming the Bill after Dr. Joseph Saye Guanue is due to the tremendous contribution made by revered and renowned Liberian educator Dr. Joseph Saye Guanue in the country’s educational sector.
After the reading of the Bill in session on Tuesday September 13th, Legislative reporters said a motion was made by Riverecess County Representative Byron W. Zaway that the Bill be turned over to the committees on Ways, Means, Finance and Development, Judiciary and Education and report upon their return.
Article six of the Liberian Constitution states that “the Republic shall, because of the vital role assigned to the individual citizen under this Constitution for the social, economic and political wellbeing of Liberia, provide equal access to educational opportunities and facilities for all citizens to the extent of available resources.
Emphasis shall be placed on the mass education of the Liberian people and the elimination of illiteracy.
Since the news of the instrument, the CDC’s lawmaker has received numerous commendations from citizens of Bong County especially struggling parents.