Sinoe Rep Submits National Student Cadet Act
A bill has been submitted to the 54th National Legislature known as the National Student Cadet Act Of 2018 to be enacted by the House of Representatives.
This proposed Act is intended to empower Liberian students through the institutionalization of the National Student Cadet program wherein students would be financially empowered through government’s direct support.
The bill was submitted by Sinoe County District #1 Representative Crayton O. Duncan, who said the Student Cadet Program was a national student empowerment initiative in the past.
He said it added economic value to the academic sojourn of Liberian students except that said initiative was not legalized.
He said it will assist the impoverished parents and guardians to be self-supportive and to prevent mass dropouts due to the high cost of education throughout the country.
Rep. Duncan said immediately after the passage of this Act, each government ministry, agency and public corporation will allocate at least 10 percent of its fiscal budget for the purpose of employing Liberian student cadets in the republic.
Rep. Duncan said each government ministry shall hire a minimum of 500 Liberian student cadets attending universities and minimum of 1,000 attending senior secondary schools provided that 40 percent of the total is from Monsterrado County and 60 percent are from other counties.
He pointed out that each government agency and public corporation shall hire a minimum of 200 Liberian student cadets attending universities and 700 attending senior secondary school provided that 40 percent of the total is from Monsterrado County and 60 percent are from other counties.
He stressed that each vacation student shall be assigned within his or her county of schooling, while each in senior secondary school shall be paid a minimum monthly stipend of US$75.00 as student in university shall be paid a minimum stipend of US$125.00 and companies providing jobs for Liberian student cadets shall pay a minimum monthly stipend per vacation student at US$100.00.
Rep. Duncan said the President of Republic of Liberia is authorized to constitute a five member National Student Cadet Commission at the Ministry of Education under the Division of Secondary Education and also indicated that as Chairman on Committee on Labor, he will make sure that this National Student Cadet Act of 2018 is passed.
The communication was sent to the Committees on Education and Labor to report back in two weeks.