By: Timothy R. Yoko
Education can empower individuals in various ways. It helps in eradicating poverty, as it makes an individual capable of getting a job and fulfilling all the basic needs of the family. A well-educated person is not easily fooled and is less likely to be involved in social evils. It makes them less vulnerable to cheating and getting involved in crime. An increase in educated people ultimately boosts the trade and commerce of a country.
With all that can be achieved when educated, it requires the impact of a teacher. That being so, a son of Bong County electoral district #4, Dr. Emmanuel Urey-Yarkpawolo, has underscored the needs to focus on the welfare of teachers.
He said if teachers are well taken care of it gives them the momentum and courage to remain focus in educating the younger ones.
Dr. Urey-Yarkpawolo believes that if teachers are not cater to there is a likelihood of students not performing well in public exams.
He made the emphasis when he remarks during the weekend at the 90th closing program of the St. Thomas Lutheran School in Foequelleh town, Panta District, Bong County.
“Education plays a key role in the development of an individual and if those who stand before the students and teach them welfare is not taken serious those students may not do excellence in national exams”, he pointed out.
“It is incumbent upon us the society especially the leaders to cater to teachers’ needs, pay them well so that they will be happy and that happiness we will seen in our students performance”.
You can see it visibly that our teachers are suffering, especially primary and secondary teachers, and this is happening all across Liberia not only in Bong County , Dr. Yarkpawolo told newsmen in a brief interview after the program.
He strongly believes that if teachers’ welfare is well taken care of like salaries, incentives, consistent training and as well the provision of current-day teaching materials, the students will do excellence in public tests including the WASSEC Exam.
He however described education as one of the most significant elements in national development.
The bong county District #4, representative aspirant meanwhile, pledged his fullest support to education in the district and Liberia.