Another Protest Day again in Monrovia witnessed by Liberians but this time around not in shock because it appears like they (Liberians) are now getting accustomed to what is now believed to be an everyday activity in Liberia, (Protest)
The angry students from the Monrovia Consolidated School System (MCSS) paraded the major route on a busy Tuesday Morning and march from their 12th Street Sinkor headquarters to the capitol hill chanting slogan” You Can Pay Zogos but you can’t pay our teachers? our Teachers are suffering, please pay them, We want take test and many others, all characterized the students Tuesday protest.
According to one of them they came on the streets in a peaceful manner and not to cause problem rather to draw the attention of national government to their plight which they demand urgent solution.
“We have our right to learn and such right should not be hindered for any reasons, said another student from the William Vs Tubman High School.
The protest later turned chaotic after the arrival of the president’s convey as they attempted to prevent it from entering the Foreign Ministry, beating of the students as well as countered through stone throwing by the students were the order of the day.
Some students got wounded during the EPS and state security officers action against the students.
On the other hand some of the students in a bid to safety ran into the main compound of the University of Liberia while others were seen on the main road in an unbinding mood just to ensure their quest is addressed.
The students not satisfied with the manner and form in which they were treated extended their protest action to some private schools in central Monrovia and disrupted their normal academic activities through the throwing of stones and the breaking into the facilities of some private schools all in a bid to ensure that they plights are addressed.
” If we do not go to school, all private school students will not go to school as well” they noted in an angry mood.
It was like a real exercise more than a practice match as the students ran from the Capitol Building in anticipation of meeting their lawmakers who are currently on break but they later referred to the foreign Ministry, the current office of President George Weah in a move to put forth their plight.
The blocking of traffic as well as the free movement of others were violated by the students as some of them were seen lying flat on the ground just to send out a signal to their leaders on how crucial their issues are to them.
The students protest appears to be just the beginning and a tip of the ice-burg as the parent body of the over 15,000 teachers nationwide, the national teachers association of Liberia are expected to also stage a major protest in demand of their salaries delay for two, three, four five, six months and many others including their health insurance which has been put to a halt for few months now due to the failure of government to pay the premium to the service provider: Secure Risk Insurance Company.
The problems of the CDC-led government headed by soccer icon George Weah is said be increasing and compounded by the day as competing priority of interest in addressing them looked almost impossible.
According the Secretary General of the National Teachers Association of Liberia Samuel Y. Johnson, the current government has violated the new education reform law by collecting fees from government school students.
Mr. Johnson disclosed through their latest research conducted in some government schools that elementary, junior and senior schools respectively are charging: &Ld: 1,000, 1,500, 2000 and 3000 respectively something he noted completely violates and contrives the new education law.
He question the legally of said fees being charged to the students and also wonders why are they doing with the money when teachers are struggling and can get their pay less to talk about it coming on time, this is disheartening he noted.
It is still unclear on how long the students protest will last but what is sure now is that their normal academic activities have now been disrupted and interrupted due to their action as well as their teachers failure to enter the classrooms to teach them.
Protests of late in Liberia appears to be one of the only solutions to addressing critical issues of national concern in Liberia.