The Liberian Cooperative Standard Education School System (LICOSESS) has graduated 17 ‘B’ and 35 ‘C’ students from its teacher training program in Gbarnga, Bong County.
The institution was established to buttress the effort of the government through the Ministry of Education (MoE) for provision of qualified and well prepared teachers and administrators. The graduates will teach at both primary and secondary school levels in the country.
According to LICOSESS president, Prof. George W. Monu, the institution was incorporated on May 10, 1995 as educational entity to prepare teachers for C, B, and AA certificates.
He said LICOSESS is officially located in Paynesville in the Kissi Camp Community , GSA Road. He further disclosed that the institution has annexes in Maryland; Grand Bassa, Bong Mines and Suakoko in Bong County; Caldwell and Old Road in Montserrado County.
He added that there is a plan to launch an annex in Ganta, Nimba County, shortly.
“Our model of teacher training provides access of teacher education to unqualified teachers assigned in various parts of Liberia and individuals who wish to take teaching as their preferred career,” he added.
LICOSESS is a mobile teacher training institution,” Prof. Monu stressed.
He said since its establishment, the institution has graduated more than 12,500 teachers and school administrators who are contributing to learning across Liberia.
Serving as keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony, the former president of Cuttington University, Dr. Henrique F. Tokpa, called on the graduates to be professional in their teaching as they are now going into the teaching society that have many challenges.
Dr. Tokpah who is also former Minister of Internal Affairs told the graduates not to allow themselves to be carried away by the challenges in the teaching field to take money from students for grades.
Dr. Tokpa used the occasion to call on those who are heading institutions of learning, church leaders, political leaders and student leaders to re-examine themselves and determine whether they are worthy of the trust and confidence that have been reposed in them by their people.
Former CU president who spoke on the topic ‘Integrity’ said the most important sense of this term refers to a person’s general character that is exemplified by good moral judgment and conduct in the society.
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