Residents of the Borough of New Kru Town have made what they described as a final appeal to the Government of Liberia to save D. Twe Memorial High School from being destroyed by erosion.
The appeal comes in the wake of increased violent waves from the Atlantic Ocean that seem determined to make the school disappear like other structures lining the coast.
“We have always been told that there is money from the government in the budget to save the school,” said a school official, “but it looks like we are not there yet.”
Aagon F. Tingba, Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Education, told the Daily Observer several months ago in a telephone interview that the D. Twe High School problem was part of the ministry’s earmark projects.
D. Twe alumnus Christopher Doe said, “I don’t want to believe that the Ministry of Education will sit here for D. Twe building to go.” But with the grave silence and lack of activity regarding the institution, he said, “It will not be a surprise if it happens.”
Doe said while the government is adamant to introduce the public, private, partnership initiative (PPP) to save the educational system, he finds it extremely difficult observe that nothing is being done to save an institution that has been crying to be saved.
“It will be unfair to allow a school that has accommodated thousands of Liberians to sink into oblivion,” Doe said.
Another alumnus, James Tarpeh, said with the ocean at the door step of D. Twe and the government’s inaction to save the school, renting the education system, as it is being suggested in the PPP, could be the best way to bring some sanity into the education system.
“It’s evident we (Liberians) are not able to take ownership and maintain what we have built and so it makes some sense that the government has realized the need to let others do it for us,” Tarpeh said.
Tarpeh said students on Bushrod Island will have to sue the Government of Liberia at the Supreme Court so that it can tell them why it cannot save D. Twe High School from ruin.
“I’m serious about my suggestion of suing the Government of Liberia because I think it is a human rights issue. Where are the human rights lawyers in Liberia?
“I know that the MOE made several assurances in the past of being ready to save D. Twe but, since it has not happened, or they have failed to do so, we must take the government to court to tell us what is going on,” Tarpeh said.
Cecilia Koffa, another alumnus, said it would be a crime against Liberian children for D. Twe to be allowed to wash away due to government’s inaction.
“I heard much about the government’s Agenda for Transformation (AfT) and I am asking myself what exactly it is if D. Twe is allowed to disappear?”
Madam Koffa said if the Liberian government, including politicians and all elected officials, cannot come up with a rescue plan to save D. Twe High School from being washed away in the shortest possible time, it means that they are not serious to move the country forward.