The Board of the Monrovia College Industrial Training School, simply known as MC, has pledged its unweaving support to the leadership of Madam Pearl Banks-Williams, who since the beginning of her stewardship has taken the school to a different level both academically and administratively.
The board, through its Vice Chair, Rev. Kerturah York-Cooper, lauded Madam Banks- Williams and her team for the level of progress at the institution thus far and said Liberians are yet to see what MC would be like in terms of advancement in the near future.
Monrovia College, prior to the Liberian civil crises, was one of the country’s leading high schools, but its prestige had been declining until the arrival of this a woman Mrs. Cooper described as “this new, dynamic, farsighted and industrious young president, Mrs. Banks-Williams.” Mrs. Banks-Williams is herself a member of the class of 1987.
The MC president was appointed in 2012 after serving for several months as acting president of her alma mater.
Making a statement at the 2013-2014 graduation exercise of the school, Rev. York- Cooper, who is also the founder and senior pastor of the Empowerment Temple African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Congo Town, said though Mrs. Banks-Williams and team are doing a great job; though more still needs to be done to return the school to its pre-war status.
The graduation ceremony took place on Friday July 10, 2014 at the Monrovia City Hall.
MC, like every other institution of learning in the country, at the cessation of the Liberian crisis was marred by massive failure of students in the West African Examination Council, students loitering in the streets during school hours, low salary issues faced by teachers and staff. They were allegedly not receiving their paychecks on time and as a result were staying away from classes many days, thus leaving the students to be victims.
Rev. York-Cooper said that things are improving at a fast pace at the institution and the board is poised to do more to ensure that MC takes its right place among high schools in the country.
She said if the educational system of the country is to improve, it should take the collective efforts of every Liberian, and the MC and AME family are no exception.
Madam Banks-Williams said her vision is to make MC a super high school that will be second to none. This is happening gradually and by the grace of God we will get there, she added.
She said the dream to make MC what everyone wants it to be should be the collective work of all, including the school board, parents, instructional staff, administrators and the students themselves.
She lauded the board for the cooperation and trust that they continue to repose in her. She thanked the instructional and administrative staff of the school for what she termed as “the cordial working relationship.” She also thanked the students for their cooperation.
Meanwhile the Class of 1987 and others have donated technical equipment such as a microscope and other scientific devices to the school to be used in its laboratory.
Making the donation was Deputy Minister for budget at the Ministry of Finance, Sebastian Moah. Minister Moah, on behalf of his colleagues of the Class of 87, said that as alumni it is incumbent upon them to help lift up the image of the school that helped mold their minds and helped make them who they have become.
“The laboratory equipment will help the students see for themselves those things that they are taught and learned abstractly. “This will help bring the best out of them because it is said that seeing is believing,” Minister Moah said to the applause of hundreds of students present at the occasion.
The laboratory equipment, imported from the United States, cost over US$4,000.
Another member of Class of 87 present at the graduation beside Minister Moah and president Banks-Williams was Chairman of the Alternative National Congress, Lafayette Gould.
There were also several Business Executives at the ceremony. They include, Lebanese World Lebanese Cultural Union President, Ezzat Eid, Liberia Bank for Development and Investment president, John B. Davies, and others.
Mr. Eid, who is a successful Lebanese businessman, charged the graduates to be honest and hard working in order to succeed in their chosen professions.