Education Ministry Official Extols Firestone School System
HARBEL, Liberia, West Africa (September 14, 2006)- An official of the Education Ministry says he’s pleased with the manner in which Firestone is operating its school system.
Deputy Education Minister for Instruction Peter Ben asserted that during his visit to Firestone, he observed that the company has a high number of female teachers employed within its Education Department; stressing that “We want to encourage gender parity; that’s one aspect of our vision.”
Minister Ben expressed happiness that the Firestone School System has already begun to implement this aspect of government’s vision for the Liberian educational system.
On the question of elevating the Firestone School System to a high school level, Deputy Minister Ben described same as “good” saying that the establishment of a high school by the company will help to boost the learning process of employees’ children.
The Deputy Education Ministry boss also referred to the establishment of the high school as “a tremendous help,” not only to the students and their parents, but also to the Government of the Republic of Liberia in terms of building the manpower capacity of the nation.
According to Mr. Ben, it is in high school that students begin to pay attention to the major areas of studies, such as biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics, as well as the social sciences which he noted are vital to national growth and development.
He further praised Firestone Liberia for the structure it has erected to house the high school, describing it as “impressive.”
Deputy Minister Ben went on to cite, “The New Education Law AD 2001” which states that “primary education should be made available and become free and compulsory,” a law he’s sure is already being practiced within the Firestone School System.
The Deputy Education Ministry boss made these remarks at the end of a one-day general teachers’ refresher workshop for Firestone teachers held recently at the Division 44 Senior High School gymnasium.