Poor Social Studies Education Claims

first_imgThe Dean of the William V.S. Tubman Teachers College of the University of Liberia (UL), Euphemia K. Abdullai, has noted with that Social Studies (Sociology) is not taught well in Liberian schools, thereby causing society to face deviant behaviors from young people.She made the observation recently while addressing students on the UL Fendell campus, outside Monrovia. Madam Abdullai stressed that many teachers only read the text in Social Studies books, but cannot clearly explain in details with examples that will make students see themselves in the picture as well as understand the subject.According to her, cultural values and norms should be taught in the way that students will know why it is good to go by them, noting, “It will help them understand who they are and how different they are from others.”She said because Sociology is not properly taught to enlighten students of their culture and norms, they are not appreciative of their culture and do not respect their leaders.“Social Studies helps people to have concern for others around you and to obey certain orders from leaders including parents, but because these things are not properly taught, deviant behaviors have always begun with children that are brought up in the home, society and schools,” she added.She also observed that because Social Science is not taught with deeper understanding about society and its basic constituents, many young people and some adults do not have respect for their leaders, but feel they know more than those who lead them.Dean Abdullai also told the students that there is a difference between education and literacy and that no one should consider older folks who did not go through contemporary academic process to be uneducated.“These people in their own rights are educated, and they use it to settle social matters arising in their respective communities.  You don’t tell them that they are uneducated,” she said.Differentiating education from literacy, Dean Abdullai said, “Education is the process of developing skills to produce goods and services to society, while literacy is the ability to read and write.”By education, the Teachers College Dean stressed that one can make use of his/her skills to produce something beneficial to him/her society, unlike literacy that only prepares one to be able to read and write.Definition provided by the UL Teachers College Dean counters claims by Liberians that they are educated when they enter into the academic process.Since UL resumed academic activities on March 17, the William V.S. Tubman Teachers College Dean is one person who has given hope to students that classes would truly continue.Instructors and deans have been staying away from campus for reasons yet be known, but some insiders have hinted this newspaper that they are yet to be paid by the UL Administration.Regardless of what the situation may be Dean Abdullai has been going from class to class urging students to attach seriousness to their lessons, praying with them for God’s mercy as they continue their educational sojourn.These activities on the part of the Dean led some of the college’s instructors and students to say, “We hope God will add about two more decades to your life to still be with us, Dean.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lawmakers debate bill to extend the right to strike to most sectors

first_imgLegislators from the ruling Citizen Action Party, Broad Front Party and Social Christian Unity Party last week presented a bill at the Legislative Assembly to reform the country’s Labor Law to include language that would eliminate a ban on strikes in some public services sectors. That ban was approved by the previous administration of President Laura Chinchilla in October 2012.The essential public services included in the current ban are health care, public security and foreign trade.Labor Minister Víctor Morales said he would support a bill that legalizes strikes in both public and private sectors, despite criticism by opposition lawmakers and members of the business sector.If passed, the legislation would grant all public agencies the right to strike as long as workers provide a plan to offer reduced services for citizens. The bill also would allow strikes by private company workers and public agencies that currently have no employee unions, as long as 30 percent or more of employees support demonstrating.Morales denied that the reforms seek only to promote more protests, saying the “strikes would be a last option after exhausting dialogue and negotiations.”Lawmakers opposed to the bill say that while the proposal would allow strikes in essential services, it fails to clearly define what those services would be. It also fails to define minimum services, critics argue.Union of Private-Sector Chambers and Associations (UCCAEP) President Ronald Jiménez called the bill “disastrous” and a “step backwards on labor legislation.” Jiménez also said the minimum 30 percent of private company employees needed to call a strike is “disproportionate.”Morales said he expects the bill to pass the Assembly, despite two similar pieces of legislation that were filed in response.Lawmakers from the Libertarian Movement Party and Evangelical parties filed a single bill that would prohibit strikes in essential services, including health care, education, public transportation, public security and docks. It also seeks to set a 50 percent minimum plus one for support among workers from the public sector before a strike is legal.National Liberation Party (PLN) lawmaker Sandra Pisk presented a similar bill. Pisk, a former ombudswoman and labor minister, also proposed that the Ombudsman’s Office be tasked with representing the public interest during negotiations to end a protest.“We believe that the differences between the three bills are negotiable. We hope to promote dialogue and approve reform,” the PLN’s top lawmaker, Juan Luis Jiménez Succar, said last week. Business chambers, however, are skeptical, saying the proposed legislation could further weaken the country’s competitiveness and cause a drop in foreign direct investment. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s month-long teachers’ strike comes to an end As teacher strike continues, government announces plan to distribute back pay Somber mood as Solís delivers 1st televised address on teachers’ strike Teachers divided over resuming strike negotiationslast_img read more