Voinjama Multilateral High School Principal, Mr. Ericson Boakai, has said that there is no competition amongst Liberian students.Mr. Boakai made the statement on Friday when he spoke to a team of journalist on the school campus in Voinjama City, Lofa County.The principal said students have taken more interest in social activities than studying their regular lessons after schooling hours.He said this is because 90% percent of Liberian students are parents and therefore, they all have their families and responsibilities to cater to.“Despite majority of students being parents, they must be given due respect. But with that respect they are tasked with the responsibility of studying their lessons. If our students are studying well, they will have the kind of competition that once existed amongst Liberian students years ago”, he asserted.He said his institution as its own way of keeping the students focused, sizes the tie of any senior student who fails two or more subject and gives red shirt to any junior student who fails three subjects and above.The principal noted that the removing of tie from senior students serves as motivation to continue studying their lessons.He, however, said the school still lacks some basic materials needed to smoothen the learning environment for the students.‘During the civil crisis, this institution was badly damaged by rebels at the time. In the process, we lost so many things that would have contributed greatly to our learning process now.If we had a laboratory, library, computer room and enough reading books, students wouldn’t spend time watching champions league and going to video clubs because these activities will keep them busy after schooling hours.Students spend the whole day looking for money, ridding pen pen and it’s really affecting the learning process greatly”, he explained.The principal said with over 1200 students last semester, the institution has been able to maintain it good records at the West African Examination Council (WAEC).“We have also put polices into place to make sure that there will be no room for teacher and student relationship. If a teacher is cut in the act, he or she loses their job on the spot. As for the student, he/she will be expelled immediately.The school has also engaged in other extra curriculum activities like quizzing, debates and sports to keep the students equip and ready to compete with other schools around the Country”, he noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“I was hungry so I pick up the money to buy things to eat. I took the money and buy two-piece chicken for both of us because is six years we living together,” were the words of 40-year-old Leah Cadogan of John Street, Lodge, Georgetown, who was slapped with two simple larceny charges.The first charge stated that on July 8, 2019, at 36 John Street, Lodge, Georgetown, she stole $10,000 cash from Angelo Lupe, her spouse.It was further alleged that on July 16, at 36 John Street, Lodge, Georgetown, she stole one phone valued $25,000, property of Angelo Lupe.The woman pleaded guilty with an explanation to the first charge and denied the latter charge. The unrepresented woman in her explanation stated that she was hungry and as such, she collected the money to purchase food.The woman said in relation to the phone, “He get three phones and the day he forgets his phone home and while I was taking it to him, somebody robbed me. The person took away his phone and my iPhone also”.After listening to the woman, the presiding Magistrateenquired if the VC would like to proceed with the matters but he responded in the negative and told the court that he would like for his spouse to stop “smoking” and get the necessary help.The woman, upon hearing that, stated “smoking does make me feel happy because this man and his family does stress me out. When I ready to stop smoke, I will. I don’t want no one making that decision for me.”When asked by the Magistrate if she works, the teary woman stated “I am a cosmetologist but nobody ain’t want hire me. I does go and wash for some people every two weeks and they does pay me.”Magistrate Daly dismissed the matters against the woman and ordered that she undergo counselling.