Vice President Boakai Concerned About Declining Standards

Monday, 13th October 2008
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has expressed concern about the declining interest in education among today’s youth.
   “Young people have lost so much interest in reading. They spend more time discussing Chelsea and Manchester United and the European soccer league than discussing their lessons. They spend so much time watching movies, so much so that movie halls have become like classrooms,” he observed.
   Vice President Boakai made the remarks in Brewerville Sunday during the installation ceremony of Rev. Emile D.E Sam-Peal as the new Superintendent /Principal of Lott Carey Baptist Mission School.
   The ceremony held at the Lott Carey Memorial Chapel, was graced by several distinguished personalities, including the Executive Secretary /Treasurer of the Lott Carey Baptist Foreign Mission Convention, Dr. David E. Goatley, Rev. Emmett L .Dunn, Youth Director /Congress Director of the Baptist World Alliance, as well as Youth and Sports Minister Etmonia Tarpeh.
   Vice President Boakai cited drug addiction among youth as another major challenge confronting post-war Liberia, and stressed the need  for school authorities, parents and guardians to devise innovative ideas that will help to instill discipline, sense of responsibility and academic excellence in children.
   “Our children have too much free time,” the Liberian Vice President noted, saying, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” He added that youth can only become future leaders if they are adequately prepared for such challenges.
   He stressed the need to make teaching more attractive, considering the vital role teachers to play in molding our future leaders.
   Vice President Boakai described Rev. Sam-Peal as one who is suited for the job he has assumed because,   he noted, “what he knows best is serving people,” and hoped the staff of Lott Carey would cooperate with him as he strives to maintain and even improve standards at the school.
   He also described Rev. Sam-Peal who served as Religious Adviser and Director of Special Projects in the office of the Vice President, as a committed educator and dedicated worker.
   He lauded the outgoing Superintendent/Principal, Dr. Jeremiah Walker who headed the school for 30 odd years, for the standards he set at the school. He said Lott Carey has won his sincere admiration because of the quality of its board, administration as well as the well behaved student body who, he said, are “destined for great things.”