US$600K Multilateral High Annual Budget Disappears

Rev. Ericson W. Boakai, Principal of VMHS_web.jpg

The Principal of the Voinjama Multilateral High School (VMHS) has disclosed that the annual budget for the school through the National Legislature continues to disappear in thin air during the past three years.

Mr. Boakai made the disclosure recently in an interview with the Daily Observer in Voinjama City, Lofa County.

He has served as principal for the school for well over four years.

Mr. Boakai wondered as to what was happening to funds being allotted in the National Budget for the running of the VMHS.

As a result, he said rehabilitation work on the damaged buildings continues to remain suspended due to lack of funds.

He disclosed that as a result of his personal encounter with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf a year ago in Voinjama City, a few of the buildings were being renovated at least to cope with the growing number of students.

Principal Boakai further explained that the Ministry of Education (MOE) some time ago, established a specific department of Technical, Vocational Education Training (TVET), but regretted the delay in allocating funding to the VMHS. Due to the present status of the school coupled with the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak last year, Mr. Boakai indicated that student enrollment dropped.

During a guided tour of the VMHS campus, our reporter observed that the TVET Department has only two working equipment for students to do their practical work.


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