The Ministry of Education has conducted a two-day Professional Development workshop for over two hundred public school teachers to enhance their ability to teach skillfully.

The workshop took place from14-15, 2013, at the William V. S. Tubman High school in Sinkor.  

Speaking during the workshop, Assistant Minister of Education for Basic and Secondary Education, Felecia Doe-Somah said it was intended to enhance the teachers’ ability to teach effectively.

According to her, the workshop afforded the participants the opportunity to share ideas and learn new approaches in developing their teaching skills.

 “We don’t want teachers just coming to class and then put lessons on the board, so we want to make it more activity based and student centered so the students can benefit,” Minister Doe-Somah explained.

The Assistant Education Minister indicated that the Ministry intends to also decentralize the program so that other teachers around the country can benefit to ensure  that the children get their hands on the lesson physically rather than writing or talking in the classroom.

The workshop basically brought together Math; Science and Language Arts teachers from the kindergarten to senior high levels in Monrovia.

She said the Ministry wants to make sure the teachers get the best kind of strategies, understand what they are doing and how they should do it so that the students can benefit adequately.

Also speaking, the Math Curriculum Specialist at the Center of Excellence of the Ministry of Education, Asta Kaba said she anticipates that whatever those teachers will be taught will be practiced when they return to their various classes.

According to her, based on assessment carried on in various schools by the ministry, basic classroom skills that  is needed to be applied by teachers was missing, something she noted prompted the workshop.