The Grand Bassa Community College, the only hope for higher learning in the county, is said to be on the verge of collapse if the numerous problems hindering its existence are not addressed.
The president of the college, Dr. Levi B. Zangai, confirmed and sounded an SOS call for a remedy to the problems when he spoke at a special faculty and student assembly last week at the Bassa High School Auditorium in Buchanan.
Dr. Zangai named the problems as the lack of adequate support and scholarships for training more professors in the priority areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM), Nursing, TVET, ICT, Teachers’ Education, Business and Entrepreneurship.
Other problems cited by Dr. Zangai include the lack of collaborating partnership with other colleges and universities and the absence of a science building, science laboratories, computer labs, Internet services and equipment.
The lack of equipment for technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and equipment for the new buildings on GBCC’s Paynesberry Campus outside Buchanan City were also outlined as some of the problems. He disclosed that the lack of solar energy electrification for the Paynesberry Campus, buses to transport students, faculty, staff and visiting professors to the Campus were also a hindrance to the proper functioning of the institution.
Dr. Zangai named the rest of the problems as the lack of housing facilities, residential halls for students, faculty, visiting professors and buildings for Gender Studies and a Women’s Resource Center, text and library books, e-books and other instructional materials.
He added that any building(s) constructed by a company or individuals on the Paynesberry Campus will be named in honor of that donor.
During the colorful program, Dr. Zangai appealed to the South African Government through its Ambassador, H.E. Masilo E. Mabeta, for potential capacity building-partnerships between GBCC and South African Colleges and universities, and the provision of scholarships for GBCC’s graduates and faculty to study in South African universities and colleges.
He also appealed to the South African Government to help solve some of GBCC’s problems so it can provide excellent academic and vocational education for the students to become resourceful and enable them to contribute their collective and individual quota towards the socio-economic and infrastructural development of post-war Liberia. He said 1240 students are enrolled at the college.
Ambassador and Mrs. Mabeta were gowned and presented gifts by the co-chair of the Board of Trustees of GBCC, Rev. Nelly W. Wright, on behalf of the college as tokens of the Ambassador’s dignity and services in Liberia and for their visit to the college.
Responding, Ambassador Mabeta commended GBCC family for the rousing reception accorded him and his wife.
He promised to respond to the appeal after studying it thoroughly.