Liberia: School Built in Richard-Ta After 44 Yrs.

By Moses M. Tokpah

Richard-Ta and other surrounding towns and villages in Margibi County have benefited the first modern public school after 44 years of poor learning condition.

The school which contains three classrooms and two offices was constructed by the county authority and it was officially turned over to residents of the area recently. At the dedicatory ceremony over the weekend in the clan, the Clan Chief of Wiah Clan, Musu Yango, said more than 70 kids had been learning in a church-owned building.

According to her, kids of the area first began their learning sojourn in 1971 in a kitchen before they were transferred to the Seventh Day Adventist Church (SDA). After a year, she said, everything was put to a halt.

The Clan Chief recalled the three teachers who taught the kids at the time were compensated with US$.30 each. Madam Yango explained "most of those that attended the school in the 70s are in the United States while some have graduated from other universities and colleges."

She commended the leadership of the county for undertaking the project and at the same time urged parents to send their children to school so as to prepare them for the future.

Richard-Ta and its surrounding communities have over 300 school going kids most of whom are below 10 years.

Margibi County Education Officer, Gorma Minnie presented cartons of instructional materials to the school. She promised to place two volunteer teachers on the government's payroll.