Board Mitigates Brewing Tension Over Principal Dismissal At BWI


Kakata, Margibi County – About 265 members of the Booker Washington Institute Workers Union (BOWIWU) including two officials have promised to remain committed to fostering the stability of the institution.

Report by Yawah Y. Jaivey, Contributor

They also welcomed calls by the Board of Governors for faculty members to desist from politicizing the removal of the school Principal, Atty. Harris Fumba Tarnue. 

The Chairperson of the board along with some members over the weekend hurriedly arranged a meeting in Kakata, Margibi County with the students and faculty members to calm down brewing tension on the campus after the union’s President threatened a go-slow action. 

Foday K. Rogers, the president of the BWI workers union in a release, said the go-slow action was intended to demand President George Manneh Weah final determination on the dismissal of the institute’s Principal.

John S. Youboty, Sr., the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of BWI, said the body is interested in seeing the school being peaceful to foster the smooth learning environment of the students. 

Mr. Youboty recounted that members of the board passed a majority vote of no-confidence in Mr. Tarnue based on a consultation with the Ministry of Education and the Office of the President appointed Mr. James Wremongar Walker to serve as Acting Officer-In-Charge to safeguard the assets of the institution pending the appointment of a new Principal.

He reaffirmed that the BWI’s board and the Education Ministry remained committed to that decision.

“What we want is for BWI to remain peaceful, BWI is greater than anyone, Principal comes Principal go that is the rules. It depends on how you hold the institution will determine how long you stay here,” Mr. Youboty noted.

He warned faculty members to desist from the politics of who becomes the institution Principal before they are “caught up in the web”, noting that such decision is exclusively the decison of the Board of Governors and the Office of the President of the Republic of Liberia.

At the same time, William Barrolle and Amos Sumo, Vice President for Operations and Secretary General of the BWI workers union, in a resolution signed by 265 members of the union, welcomed the calls for the depoliticizing of the removal of the school Principal and committed themselves to remain calm and desist from any action that could undermine the stability of the school.

Their commitment was manifested on Monday morning as a FrontPageAfrica reporter who visited the campus saw instructors commencing the administration of finals.