The Principal of the Kakata Community College or KCC in Kakata, Margibi County has called on authorities of the county to set up a formal scholarship program that will benefit most students rather than awarding scholarships for political dividends.
Principal Anthony Mulbah Jallah said for too long students of Margibi continue to go to school without hearing anything about the county’s scholarship. He said authorities in the county only award scholarship with the aim of reaping political dividend.
According to him, if a lawmaker awarded a scholarship, he expects you to dance to the song that he sings and even eat the way he eats as well as vote the way he wants you to vote. “We want to appeal to our county authorities to set aside a continuous and independent scholarship scheme that will help our brilliant and desirous students in this county. All the little funding we are getting around, the county development fund, the China Union, BHP Billiton, Firestone, let us set aside a little scholarship scheme. But we also hope the student community will take the law into their own hands. In Liberia one thing we know about our government and leaders, you have to demand for your right. If you think somebody’s going to advocate for you, the government is going to continuously turn a blind eye to services they should be providing you”, he said.
He challenged student leaderships of various schools in the county, including the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU) or the Margibi Students Union to demand their rights to quality education through the help of some of the social development funds.
Mr. Jallah, who spoke recently during the school’s closing ceremony, noted that education is not very expensive in Liberia but Liberians seem not to be making it a priority.
By Ramsey N. Singbeh, Jr. in Margibi