MCSS Teachers Return To The Classroom Tomorrow

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by

The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted April 26, 2004

Teachers of the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS), have agreed to return to the classroom beginning tomorrow Tuesday.

The teachers reached the decision yesterday at the end of a two-day meeting held on the GW Gibson High School campus involving the Ministry of Education authority, the MCSS Principals Association, among others.

In a special statement read at the end of the meeting by Mr. Bornejuah S. Roberts, the executive secretary of the MCSS Teachers Association, the teachers said they have taken the decision with the hope that the Ministry of Education has already provided working materials for them, and their transportation problem addressed. The teachers said it is their hope that the NTGL will come out with a definite policy statement within two weeks on their salary arrears and resettlement benefits.
At the same time, they called on all of their teachers to report on their respective campuses today for what they called “briefing.” The teachers said they do not believe in violence and so will
pursue peaceful negotiation and democratic means on all matters.

The MCSS teachers’ decision has come in the wake of protest actions by MCSS students in solidarity with their teachers’ demand for salary arrears and other benefits.

Meanwhile, the impasse between the MCSS teachers and the Government of Liberia was broken yesterday by Mr. Samuel Kofi Woods, Director of Foundation for International Dignity (FIND).

Mr. Woods used the occasion to praise the teachers for agreeing to return to the classroom and urged Liberians, especially civil servants to graduate from the culture of selling their rights for a “bag of rice”.

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