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The main objective of the NTAL is to represent the teachers of Liberia, with their most notable activity aimed at developing a credit union for teachers. The educational system in Liberia starts with elementary education that includes kindergarten and primary school followed by secondary education that consists of junior high school and high school (AFJN 11 Nov. 1998). Education is compulsory for nine years, between seven and sixteen years of age. Primary education begins at age seven and lasts for six years, followed by secondary education beginning at 13 and lasting for another six years. In 1989, an estimated 60.5% of the population was illiterate (Europa 1991, 1677).
A representative of the NTAL stated that in order to become a teacher in Liberia theoretically you must have attended one of the educational institutions, such as Kakata Rural Teachers Training Institute (KRTTI), Zorzor Rural Teacher¿s Training Institute (ZRTTI), the University of Liberia, or the Cuttington University College. Obtaining a "C" certificate allows teachers to teach in the elementary division, a "B" certificate allows teachers to teach in the Junior High School Division, and the "B.Sc." allows teachers to teach at the Senior High Division. However, the NTAL representative also said, "It is possible that a person with only a high school education would be teaching in Liberia" (NTAL 23 Dec. 1998).
A representative of the Africa Faith and Justice Network (AFJN) indicated that it was uncommon before the war for those who only graduated from high school to teach high school. However, since there are not enough teachers in Liberia now, it is possible that high school graduates would be teaching high school and college graduates teaching college. The representative added that teachers tend to get paid more if they completed a teacher¿s training course, which is equivalent to a college degree (AFJN 11 Nov. 1998).
The NTAL representative stated that the educational system was functioning during the war but only in the Bushrod Island area of Monrovia (NTAL 23 Dec. 1998).
4.) What qualifies a person to become an NTAL officer?
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6.) Are NTAL leaders at risk of harm by the government because of their
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