The World Bank, in a new report, acknowledged an improvement in Liberia’s Education system saying, “early grade reading improved substantially within a very short time thanks to focused efforts based on evidence.”
Partnership Schools for Liberia – a pilot programme run by the Liberian Ministry of Education in which Liberian schools were selected to be managed by non-state operators in order to provide every child access to high-quality education – is the cause for the 60% improvement of primary education in Liberia on average, in comparison to primary schools.
The report highlighted that investing in children on an early age is the way to improve their education with extremely high returns through integrated programs that include pre-school package.
A preschool education program, remedial education programs are some of the many investment opportunities in Liberia due to the high rates of school dropouts in the country.
The World Bank report further highlighted that Remedial education interventions could work if they reached the right people using the right approach.
Other highlighted methods to improve education are long term teacher training programs and TVET programs; however, short term training programs in Liberia would not perform like long term for the practice can cost up to 50 times the resulting monthly income gain, and the investment return would take 12 years.
Liberia only has two state-run universities – The University of Liberia and William V.S. Tubman University. The University of Liberia, created in 1862, is among the oldest institutions of higher learning in West Africa.
In 2013, not a single university applicant achieved the minimum grade for admission, highlighting one of the many problems facing the country 10 years after the end of a devastating civil war.