The Monrovia Consolidated School System Teachers Association or MCSSTAsays the association is in full readiness to go to the poll to electits new officers to lead the association.
Addressing a news conference Thursday, November 10, 2016, at the CDBKing School on Benson and Warren Streets in Monrovia, the President ofthe MCSSTA, A. Henry G. Woyea, said it was about time that the association change the mind-set by going to the poll to elect the bestcandidates.
“This election that we are going to have is in keeping with theMCSSTA’s Revised constitution which says the association must go toelection every second Friday in November, and it is against thisbackdrop that the MCSSTA is conducting its election,” he said, addingthat the essence of engaging the press is to inform the public aboutthe situation at the MCSS, wherein the authorities set up a council toput halt to the election.
“If you look at the Act creating the MCSS, it gives them the functionto maintain the day-to-day records of its employees,” he said, sayingthe council created by the MCSS authority is to kill advocacy within the system of the MCSS. “Because we are involved in advocating for therights of employees at the MCSS, their action to stop our election isa clear violation of article 17 of the constitution, which emphasized no interference and conflict of interest,” he further claimed.
“Imagine we have not had school for almost three days at the MCSS; youas an association, you going to election, then the board, which wasset up, coming to disrupt classes at the Williams V.S. Tubman School, and stop employees from carrying on their duties,” the MCSSTAPresident indicated.
He noted that none of the council members has interfered with anyelection before, but this is the first time that this has happen -simply because they want to disrupt this election. The MCSSTA called on every employee of MCSS to remain calm in keepingwith Article 5; section 2 of the revised constitution which statesthat the general assembly was the highest decision-making body.
“In keeping with Article 7, section 2, which says as ChiefSpokesperson of the MCSS Teacher Association, the President also hasthe power to call and preside over all meetings of the association,condemning the meeting called by the council co-chairman at theWilliams V.S. Tubman high school on November 10, 2016, as unconstitutional, illegal and unlawful.
He claimed that the council does not have any power to call anymeeting of the association. “it is the employees of the MCSS that should decide whether toparticipate in the electoral process or not; under our law, peoplehave their right to vote,” he said.
Since March 2013, when the current MCSS Superintendent took over, theentire institution has been in serious conflict. Meanwhile, the MCSSTA President disclosed that positions to becontested for during the election include President, Vice President,Secretary General, Assistant Secretary General, as well as Chaplain,among others.
-Edited by George Barpeen