President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has raised alarm over the quality of training institutions in the country amid recent mass failure in the just released state run University of Liberia (UL) entrance results. She said while the government applauds the establishment of many institutions of learning, it is also concerned about the quality of training at all the institutions in the country. According to the Liberian leader, it is not sufficient to simply turn out graduates like an assembly line, but rather it is imperative to graduate young people who have received the quality of education that makes them marketable on the job market. President Johnson-Sirleaf made these comments Friday, August 30, 2013 at the 14th commencement exercises of the Stella Maris Polytechnic held at the Samuel Kanyan Doe (SKD) Sports Complex in Paynesville, outside Monrovia. “Let me say that while we applaud the establishment of many institutions of learning, we are also concerned about the quality of training in all institutions. We recognize that it is not sufficient to simply turn out graduates like an assembly line; rather, it is imperative to graduate young people who have received the quality of education that makes them marketable in the private sector,” the Liberian leader cautioned. “We realize that there is no quick fix to this crisis in public education. We acknowledge that we concentrated, in the early years, on enrolment because we wanted to get the children off the farms, out of the markets, from the roads and get them into schools. We did that, and enrolment throughout the country quadrupled. The problem, we found subsequently, was that the quality of education did not measure up,” she pointed out. “Education, especially quality education, is a magic wand; […]