Jonathan Paye-Layleh, immediate former president of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) Alumni Association, says if the government of President George Weah moves quickly and supports the speedy transformation going on at BWI, Liberia stands to finally solve the age-old shortage of middle-level technicians, a release has said.
Paye-Layleh, who is also BBC’s correspondent, spoke to reporters after his tour of renovated facilities on the campus over the weekend. Despite a huge challenge and funding gap, Mr. Paye-Layleh was impressed that BWI, under Principal Harris Fomba Tarnue, is getting stronger and has managed to undertake a number of key, meaningful projects aimed at restoring the image of the school.
The former alumni president, in his personal capacity, expressed appreciation that Mr. Tarnue and his team of administrators have also created a very harmonious relationship between the school’s workforce and the administration, something that was lacking at the institute prior to the appointment of Mr. Tarnue.
Mr. Paye-Layleh hailed the new Minister of Education, Prof. Ansu Soni, for the ongoing exercise to assess situations at technical and vocational institutes around the country, especially the BWI. The Education Ministry assessment team spent hours on the BWI campus last week, visiting a number of places, including the dormitories, renovated trade shops and the BWI Heavy Duty Training Center.