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Still Venting Over Education Minister ‘Book People’ Rant

Still Venting Over Education Minister ‘Book People’ Rant

Dear George Werner,

You continue to astound me with your stance on "book people" and education in Liberia without explicit elucidation of the divergence and convergence of formal, non-formal and informal education and their respective relevance to the development of Liberia relative to your stance.

Your blizzard of fallacies is darkening the emerging interests in education in Liberia after the "dark days" (1989 to 2003).

As an Education Minister, you ought to know that your public statements can either negatively or positively change people's perceptions about education in Liberia, especially so among the ill-educated and illiterate masses who do not have the sophistication to analyze your nuanced statements.

Therefore, please do Liberia a favor by not using your office - for political gains and with utter disregard to the lingering implications on our young people -  to solidify a twisted view from a certain political camp that, inter alia, "book people failed Liberia" and are not needed to move the country forward.

You have no idea what parents, guardians and teachers go through daily explaining to kids, after your misconceptions, that education is key to transforming a person and a nation.

Yes! To move forward as a nation, we need to "eat book" in Liberia, especially the ones spiced with Science and Technology that foster research and development (R&D).

In case you didn't study Economics and Development or related programs, I will encourage you to read some literature on the economic history of South Korea, for example.

Kelvin Nyan Suah,
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