-Sen. Cooper Challenges Pres. Weah
Margibi County Senior Senator, Oscar Cooper, has challenged President George Weah to ensure the messy educational system of the country is restored to its best under his leadership.
Senator Cooper made the statement Saturday, September 1, 2018, at the official launching program of Margibi County Electoral District one Representative, Tibelrosa Tarponweh’s Scholarship and Student Financial Aid Scheme; held in Duarzon, Margibi County.
The Margibi County lawmaker, who pledged LRD300,000 to the initiative, noted that the educational system of Liberia can only be tackled if higher priority is placed on beginners’ education by the teaching of fundamental phonics and reading.
According to him, the educational system of Liberia has failed the country over the years due to poor beginners’ education. He then admonished Liberians to stop blaming the country messy educational system on the war or students, because they aren’t the cause of the poor learning system being experienced in the country.
Senator Cooper called for stakeholders in the educational sector to placed premier on ensuring teachers receive basic trainings so that they can meaningfully and in an impactful way teach the children.
Also speaking, Senator Jim Tornorlah thanked the Margibi County District one Representative for the establishment of the District’s Development Council (DDC) as well as the launch of the scholarship scheme for under-privileged students in the district.
He further expressed joy that the county is taking shape in terms of development. The Margibi County Senators then pledged their fullest support to Representative Tarponweh developmental and people-centered initiatives.
Senator Tornolah also contributed LRD100,000 to the Margibi County District one Representatives’ scholarship drive, pledging to further contribute over time.
Performing the official launching ceremony, Representative Tarponweh’s deposited the initial amount of LRD2million dollars into the International Bank account on behalf of the would-be scholarship beneficiaries.
The Margibi County lawmaker intimated that the county and the country at large cannot develop if the young people who constitute the human resource are not provided quality education.
According to him, before announcing his candidature for the district’s representative seat, the issue of education was the overarching agenda, so when he got elected, he thought to establish either a scholarship scheme or a financial aid for the district.
Tarponweh observed that the district cannot boast of several educated people either due to low provision of education capacity or that those educated residents of the district have gravitated to other parts of the country or world.
“Sometimes, we will do things you might not like, but we will fight to do things in your interest and the general development of the district,” Representative Tarponweh vowed.
Meanwhile, Margibi County District One has elected their District Development Council to steer developmental activities and as well solved disputes in the district for the next six years.
Serving as Installing Officer, Representative Tarponweh admonished those elected to serve in the best interest of their fellow compatriots by putting personal interest aside.
Tarponweh also cautioned the newly elected officers of the district to report whatever is placed in the budget for the district’s development to the people if the tenets of representative democracy must be felt and realized in the district.
In his induction speech, the Chairman of the DDC, Moses Sieh, vowed to collaborate with his code of officer to advance the interest of the people whom they represent.
He also called on the district residents to rally their supports around him and his colleagues for the development and advancement of the DDC and the country at large.