The President’s assertion comes in the wake of ongoing debates on the educational reform policy proffered by the government through the Ministry of Education to improve the educational system from “Mess to Best”.
She was speaking at a one-day education stakeholders conference held in the Ballroom of the Monrovia City Hall in Monrovia at the weekend.
“Everyone wants quality education; everyone wants to walk out of a school with a diploma or degree where they can be able to compete with others as a full professional not only in Liberia but anywhere else around the world, and this is what the reform seeks to achieve, President Sirleaf added.
She pointed out that though it will take time to achieve this goal, it is prudent for the government to start the reform and begin to move it, taking into account all the constraints and obstacles and finding a way to resolve it.
"We need constructive engagement in making it right; we are searching for the right way to resolve the problem; change can only be achieved by a bit of sacrifices," President Sirleaf emphasized.
The Liberian leader told educational stakeholders at the conference that the government will work with private schools across the country to ensure that quality education touches every child, no matter the facility they are learning in.
She noted that the government through the Ministry of Education in consultation with private schools administrators will set criteria for the establishment of private schools; adding “We will work with them to ensure that the criteria are workable and enforceable.”
The one-day educational stakeholders conference was organized by the Ministry of Education to reach a conclusion on the closure of schools and the calendar for the reopening of the new academic year.
The conference brought together participants from public and private schools, international partners, including UNICEF, USAID and European Union, student representatives and authorities from the Ministry of Education.