While still on the path of advocacy for relocation, the E. J. Yancy Elementary and Junior High School, one of the oldest public schools in Liberia is disappointed in government for not responding to its cry for relocation and improvement of the institution. The school, currently located in the Old Cassava Market Community in Kakata, Margibi County, was established in 1960.
Partial view of the E.J. Yancy school building with Principal Milton Coleman
Speaking to the NewDawn Newspaper in Kakata recently, the Principal of the school Mr. Milton Coleman, who is also President of the Margibi Chapter of the National Teacher Association of Liberia or NTAL, said he was always constructively engaging the county officials, including Superintendent John Buway and his Development Superintendent, County and District Education Officers, Margibi Lawmakers as well as the Central Government but no response.
“We have called on the County Superintendent, Assistant Superintended, CEO, DEO, and our lawmakers, but they do not have time to come to our cry unless Rep. Stephen S. Kafi, Jr. of Margibi District#3”, Principal Coleman said. He indicated that E. J. Yancy needs an ideal location because it would also need space for agricultural activities, teachers’ quarter and football field, among others.
According to him, the current location of the school is no longer conducive for learning with no land space, facilities for teachers and adequate instructional materials as well as plan to elevate the institution from junior to senior high level. He said when this succeeds, the burden will be lifted on the Lango Lippy High School, which is the only government high school in upper Margibi.
He added that some time back, the central government through county authorities and educational authorities built a school in the Telecom Community, an annex of E.J. Yancy, but was dedicated as 14th Road Community school.
“That school should not be called E. J. Yancy Annex because it has different administration and a different name. Only those teachers who are teaching there call it E. J. Yancy Annex. We were told by our authorities that it was built to be a help to this school, but that is not working”, he added.
When contacted, Superintendent John Buway directed the NewDawn Margibi Correspondent to engage the current County Education Officer Gorma Mannie, who just resumed office.