Liberia, Africa’s most well-known Republic was once a safe safe place for Africa brightest minds. Students from across the continent visited Liberia to study because of Liberia strong education system at the time. One of the most well-known colleges in Africa, Cuttington was Liberia first private college and was once a prestigious institution at the time. The University of Liberia (LU) was Liberia first college and 2021 waec runz is the largest public institution in Liberia today. It is the only University in the country that offer M . D . and PhD in select fields. In the late 80s the “Liberian city War” broke out and the light when dark on Liberia. Liberia was competing with institutions across the continent as all the former colonies were now independent and the drive for teaching the masses were a priority for most of the Francophone and Anglophone former colonies when the light went dark.
The city war did two imperative things to the Liberian education system. The educated were either murdered or flew the country. This has been the period Liberians refer to as “the brain drain” when educated Liberians left the country for tactical reasons and also to find greener pastures in other nations. When the educated left, the education system collapsed. These people were the blocks within the education sector.
There was a vacuum left and it had to be filled because Liberians have this love for education that people were still going to school in the most deplorable conditions. Doing the peak of the city war, Liberians still saw light at the end of the tube; it felt like there was a powerful gravitational force pulling them into jam pack sessions with round holes in the walls. It was normal for schools to be open today and closed in the mail because the rebels/government militia were in the town/village or city. This has been a perfect place for signing up more young men and women to fight their war.
This educational vacuum was filled by family, friends, classmates and those that seriously wanted money at the time. Liberian schools were being taught by high school drop outs, colleges were being taught at the time by students or drop outs. Most if not all class material were outdated, I will like to say that Liberia was at the time completely cut off from other world. Those that wanted fast ticket out of schools bought their solution. Teachers honestly demanded bribes for grades, this lead to poor performing students that can not proved their grades in national and (West Photography equipment Examinations Council) tests.
Liberia has bright students and teachers, but they’re overshadowed by poor performing students, infect teachers and school facilitators. Life is hard as a Liberian student, in addition to these many concerns I mentioned above, students walk miles to schools, no lunches are provided; benches for students to lay on are non-existent. The schools are pack like spam, teachers are not well trained. No text books are provided to teachers, all these should make a student stay away from classes, but the gravitational force is enormous and it is pulling students to classes regardless of school conditions.
Today, Liberia school system is still the same, with few teachers that are qualified to be called that name. Government is trying, but it is not enough after the city war, enrollment of girls and boys has skyrocketed, students are still standing in sessions. Soil houses are built to accommodate these students, “colleges” and “universities” will be open at homes most of them given accreditation regardless of the lack of facilities, qualify instructors. Most of these schools are in the business to make fast money out of students because of government inability to provide a better alternative. The recent WAEC exam was an emergency, there was mass failing within the country with government schools being the hardest hit.
While this is a poor way of looking at the Liberian school system, the Liberian students should be respected because of what each goes through daily to obtain their degree. Teachers are now going through thorough vetting process and training. Liberia will come back again, the communication system in Liberia has improved remarkably and it continues to do so. Students and teachers are not harassed going to school, Liberia has a beautiful future now, but she’s got long way to go. With the current energy she shows, Liberia will continue to emulate her community. She could continue to educate the masses and impress the international community.