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Thursday, May 23, 2024

AN OPINION: ADDRESSING BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIES’ DEVASTATING IMPACT ON EDUCATION

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An Opinion By Socrates Smythe Saywon

The presence and operations of Bridge International Academies (BIA) in Liberia’s education sector have sparked significant concerns regarding the well-being and rights of students, teachers, and school administrators. The Ministry of Education must show decisive political will to address these pressing issues and safeguard the interests of all stakeholders involved.

Dr. Jarso Maley Jallah, the newly appointed Minister of Education, along with other key stakeholders, must undertake a thorough review of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) previously entered into with Bridge International Academies (BIA). This review should aim to assess the actual impact of BIA’s operations on the educational landscape and take necessary corrective actions where the MOU falls short.

A recent visit in five counties revealed troubling realities about the conditions in schools operated by Bridge International Academies (BIA). These schools have reportedly created a challenging learning environment characterized by inhumane treatment, inadequate resources, and difficult working conditions for students, teachers, and administrators alike. The concerns raised by the Parents, Teachers Association (PTA) further emphasize the urgent need for intervention by the Ministry of Education.

The Ministry of Education must prioritize the educational interests of students by ensuring access to quality education within safe and conducive learning environments. Equally, teachers and administrators should receive the respect, fair treatment, and support they need to effectively execute their roles in these institutions.

Engagement with Bridge International Academies (BIA) and other relevant stakeholders is essential to address these critical issues and devise sustainable solutions. Open dialogue, transparency, and collaborative efforts will be key in reshaping the educational landscape and ensuring that every student in Liberia has an equal opportunity to succeed.

In summary, the challenges posed by Bridge International Academies (BIA) cannot be overlooked or dismissed. The Ministry of Education must act promptly and decisively to safeguard the interests of students, teachers, and administrators, while also upholding the standards of quality education that Liberia aspires to achieve.

Socrates Smythe Saywon
Socrates Smythe Saywon is a Liberian journalist. You can contact me at 0777425285 or 0886946925, or reach out via email at saywonsocrates@smartnewsliberia.com or saywonsocrates3@gmail.com.

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