Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor opposes the Ministry of Education decision, says WAEC/WASSCE results should not be used as a basis for graduation in the country.

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The Vice President of the Republic of Liberia Madam Jewel Howard Taylor has strongly opposed Education Minister, Ansu Sonii’s recent decision to ban some high schools in the country for their alleged violations of the Ministry’s regulations.

Speaking at the opening of the 5th Session of the 54th National Legislature Monday in Monrovia VP Taylor said  WAEC/WASSCE results should not be used as a basis for graduation in the country.

She also stressed that the current wave of penalties against institutions that have graduated students ahead of the release of WAEC/WASSCE results is a problem for both the institutions and students.

Madam Taylor’s statements come days after the MOE banned some schools for three years from writing the national exams, including the Risk Institute and Haywood Mission High School for reportedly violated the Ministry of Education policies.

She further argued that since a failure in WAEC/WASSCE does not permit any student to repeat the 12th grade, but to only do a re-sit of the exam, it should not also prevent any student who has successfully passed the 12th grade from graduating.

At the same time, Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor, has called on Members of the Liberian Senate to critically take a deeper look at the 2022 draft National Budget currently before it for concurrence.

The House of Representatives during the Special Session in December 2021 passed the National Budget in the tone of US$ 786.5 million and submitted same to the Senate for concurrence.

The  Vice President further called on Senators to keep in minds that the 2022  draft National Budget is the last pre-electoral budget, which should take into consideration its direct effect on youth unemployment, accelerated digital platforms for  the Country’s Educational systems, as well as increasing agricultural access, supporting financing and provision of Agro processing facilities to farmers.

The President of the Liberian Senate, made the statement Tuesday January 10, 2022, in the Chambers of the Liberian Senate at the official programs marking the commencement of the 5th Regular Session of the Liberian Senate.

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