The head of the Interim Management Team of the Bong County Technical College (BCTC), Dr. Roland Massaquoi, has called on citizens of the county to rally financial support for the college if the institution is to run as a full fledged university.
Dr. Massaquoi told a press conference in Gbarnga recently that the budgetary support from the national government and fees collected from students cannot cover the cost of running a four year program.
“We call on citizens of the county to come to our aid by strategizing mechanisms to enable us raise money for the college. It is important because the money we receive from the National Budget and the students is inadequate to run a college,” Dr. Massaquoi said.
He noted that besides the University of Liberia and Tubman University, Bong County wants to run a full government university.
He described the establishment of the BCTC as a “golden opportunity” that must be nurtured by every citizen through financial and moral support, instead of always negatively criticizing the management team.
The Bong Technical College is one of several community colleges legislated by government to be built in every county capital as part of the Government of Liberia’s provision of education to its citizens.
Funding for the construction of the Bong Technical College came directly from the County Social Development Fund (CSDF) provided by companies operating in the county.
The community college, when completed, will create greater impact for the county’s inhabitants, pursuant of government’s commitment to creating an enabling environment to enhance the transformation of lives of its citizens through quality education.
Dr. Massaquoi also revealed that the interim management team has completed “profiling students” attending the college in the past five semesters to have first-hand understanding of the courses they have done.
The BCTC Interim president said the profiling process, which took a few weeks to complete, enabled the administration to draw up a course guide to help students know their status in the college.
“Some of the students have been at this college not knowing how many courses they have done. So, we strongly felt the introduction of the profiling would give administrators and students a sense of what they are doing at the college,” Dr. Massaquoi said.
He noted that by September this year, the college would begin employing resourceful people to mobilize support for the institution through project writing.
“Some of the staffers here don’t have terms of references and we will put that in place. Since I assumed the leadership of the college, I have over the past months observed that some workers are not working; they only come and take pay at the end of the month. That, I feel, we have to curtail,” Dr. Massaquoi added.
Dr. Massaquoi also said plans are underway to transfer the main office of the college from Tubman United Methodist to its own office.
Until early this year, when the Interim Management Team moved to its main office in Gboveh Hill Community, the college operated from the William V. S. Tubman Gray campus.
Dr. Massaquoi said while he lauds the management of the school, the rental fee is high and costs the college huge sums of money.
The Bong County Technical College construction project is being implemented by the Chinese-Liberia United Construction Company.
Active work on the college started in September of 2010 with the agreement between the contractors and the county leadership; and the first phase of the project, which include the school and the administration buildings, would be completed in the next two years.