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-UNESCO Official Describes Liberia`s Education System
The secretary general of Liberia National Commission of the United Nations Education Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Sam Hair has described the Liberian educational curriculum as obsolete.

Speaking Wednesday at a one day career development seminar organized by the alumni association of the United Methodist University (UMU), Hair said the curriculum does not meet present day reality.
“The Liberian government`s curriculum on education as far as the educational sector is concerned is obsolete and it does not meet the context of the time,” Hair stressed.
The UNESCO official indicated that the curriculum is not in line with the trend that everyone can see, something he thinks is responsible for mass frustration among Liberians in the country.
Hair asserted that Liberia has a very serious problem that needs to be addressed by the younger generation in the not too distance future; as he encouraged students to get abreast with the present day reality in order to make an impact on the country`s workforce.
Hair cautioned the young people to find careers that are valuable and would make meaningful contributions to their country; instead of doing things which he believes has no or little current availability of jobs.
The UNESCO official mentioned among other things that Liberians always boast of making first time history, but he noted that country has seven worst things of the entire world.
He mentioned teenage pregnancy, high unemployment rate, high illiteracy rate, high poverty rate and high infant mortality rate among others in the world as some of the problems the country faced.
“In Liberia, we always boast of having world best, African best and the first elected female president but every time I have the chance to speak to young people, I always tell them that we have seven world’s worst. And these seven world worst are Liberia has the highest illiteracy rate, highest poverty rate, highest teenage pregnancy rate, highest unemployment rate and highest maternal mortality rate etc,” he mentioned.
For his part, the president of the university alumni association, Kojo Weeks stated that the seminar is aimed at providing young people the space to properly choose what they want to become in the near future after high school.
Weeks intoned that coming out of high school back then, they find it very difficult in choosing what they aspired in life, thereby causing them to enter into areas which they had no or little passion for, something the association does not want to happen to other young Liberians.
Weeks disclosed that the association has plans to extend the programs to other counties across the country, adding that this is just the first step.
Meanwhile, the nine schools selected from within Monrovia and its environs for the program were J. J. Ross High School, Kalita High School, Cathedra High School and the D. Tweh high School among others.

By: Jackson C. Clay, Jr.

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