The president of the Jake Memorial Baptist College has in no uncertain term, informed member churches of the Fundamental Baptist Mission that the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) may withdraw accreditation from the college if low output and other challenges facing the institution continue.
Giving progress report about the institution on August 23, at its 9th Convocation exercises in Monrovia, Rev. John K. Sackie, asserted that fellowshipping churches that suppose to render support to the college have failed to do so thereby causing administration of the institution to owe instructors and with lack of necessary facilities to operate.
He said minimum support to the institution only comes from the Baptist Mid-Mission in the United States and a single local church and two faithful women in Liberia.
Besides the three, the college’s president said the rest of the Fundamental Baptist Churches, that claimed the college as their property, have failed to support it.
He said enrollment has always been low; which according to him cannot enable the administration to generate the needed capital to operate.
Wondering over the failure of Baptist Churches to support their own property, Rev. Sackie said, “I don’t know why fellowshipping churches are failing to support a college that belongs to them. Is it because I am the president? If it is the case, I am willing to step aside so that the institution will not fall. If it falls, remember that the shame will reflect on all Baptist Churches and not a single church or individual.”
He told the churches that Jake Memorial was one fortunate institution to stand among a few colleges and universities in Liberia during the time when many “mushroomed” colleges and self-styled universities were shut down by the NCHE.
He said as the case stands now, it is becoming certain that the NCHE will reverse its decision to withdraw the accreditation if the institution does not perform to expectation.
The 9th convocation exercises put out 12 graduates, including 11 males and a female earning Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Theology and “C” Certificate in Education.
Eleven of the graduates earned AA degree in Theology, while one person earned “C” Certificate in Education.
The Jake Memorial University has put out over 50 graduates since it was founded in 1995. Many of the graduates are mainly pastors and evangelists, leading churches around the country.
In the beginning of the year, the school had four students and operated in the Bethlehem Baptist Church School on the Old Road. It was later moved to the BCCM building near the James Spriggs Payne Airfield in Sinkor, and subsequently to its current campus down the beach on 11th Street.
The current campus first hosted the Baptist Mid-Mission as its headquarters, and was donated to the college by the missionaries.
Meanwhile, Baptist Mid Mission is one of the earliest denominations that began operation in Liberia.
Its dates back to the 1930s but has remained one of the least developed religious institutions in the country due to lack of support.
Some members at the convocation exercise complained that many of its pastors, mainly those in the interior are very poor and least educated, and youths therein complain of lack for support to advance in their education.
As a result, many young people shy away from venturing to become pastors and teachers, and rather seek education in different disciplines and work in different institutions.