The Principal and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Booker Washington Institution (BWI) Harris F. Tarnue has cautioned the administration of President George M. Weah to be focused and more practical on technical and vocational education if the “pro-poor agenda” must be achieved.
Tarnue said in order for the government to adequately address its pro-poor policy, there is a need to formulate a national approach in order to mainstream the TVET program in all the major public secondary schools. This will bridge the skill gap and create employment opportunities to expose the youths to TVET, he added.
The BWI, he said, is committed on producing middle level technicians and professionals to support the country’s development drive. He also cautioned the honorees to maintain their status as it brings pride to their parents as well as the institution. He then lauded parents and the government for their continued support to the institution.
Mr. Tarnue’s recommendation was contained in a statement he delivered over the weekend on the Institute’s campus in Kakata, Margibi County, at a program marking the honoring of about 114 students, who excellently performed in their respective disciplines by obtaining the highest grade point average (GPA) for the 2017/2018 academic year.
The honoring ceremony is an annual event at BWI, to motivate students so that they can strive for academic excellence at all times. And because of that, the Tarnue administration decided to honor the 114 students for their “outstanding academic performances.”
The honored students were awarded certificates, medals and other gift packages, with the aim being to recognize them for their exceptional academic performances during the year.
The awards were given to students in various category, such as the Principal’s Honor for those who obtained GPAs from 90 and above; High Honor for those that scored 85 to 89 percent average; while Honor Roll were students who acquired averages of 80 to 84 percent respectively.
The Principal’s Honorees, predominantly male students, received certificates and medals as well as the BWI Tiger printed T-shirt each, while the High Honor, which included a mixture of male and female students, walked away with certificates, medals and so forth.
Guest speaker Jacob J. Flomo, who is also youth representative at the YMCA in Monrovia, informed the honorees that acquiring a career is very “critical to the transformation of the life of an individual to make an informed decision.”
Flomo, who spoke on the topic “Choosing A Career Path,” said if youths are to succeed in their education sojourn, they must choose a career path that will make them marketable by securing jobs that would enhance the country’s development.
In a related development, BWI’s Teachers and Parents Association elected officers to run the affairs of the institution for the coming years.
Those elected are Tutu Koumamene, president, Titi Mulbah, vice president for administration, Partick Kpumeh, vice president for operations and James O. Zaza, secretary general.
The honored students, represented by Linda K. Banda of the masonry department, expressed gratitude for the recognition shown towards their academic works, promising that they will justify challenges the BWI administration posed to them.