The education sector in Liberia faces a complex set of challenges related to rebuilding and recovery from civil war, constrained national finances, poor infrastructure and the Ebola epidemic. These challenges include poor learning outcomes, overage enrollment, huge number of out-of-school children, wasted government’s resources because of ‘ghost’ teachers and unskilled teachers, and many unqualified teachers.
On a systemic level, there are no national school quality standards and capacity and resourcing at county and district levels require improvement. The education sector also faces serious equity challenges including important geographic differences in access to quality education.
In order to address these challenges, Liberia has developed a strategic response in its Getting to Best Education Sector Plan for 2017 to 2021. The plan consists of 9 programs:
- Establishing effective school quality improvement and accountability systems,
- Improving the efficiency and performance of education management system,
- Improving access to quality early childhood education,
- Providing quality alternative and accelerated education pathways for overage and out-of-school children and young people,
- Improving the efficiency, effectiveness and satisfaction of the teaching workforce,
- Ensuring that teachers have access to quality instructional materials and assessment tasks,
- Mainstreaming gender and school health across the education sector,
- Improving the quality and relevance of technical and vocational education and training,
- Leveraging regional and international partnerships and expertise, targeting market demand for critical skills and increasing the efficiency of education expenditure.