The administration of the Eugene Cooper Memorial Institute has renewed its appeal to the Episcopal Church of Liberia and Ecobank in Liberia for assistance to enable them renovate the school.
The principal of the school, Prince Kahnplay said he was renewing the appeal because since similar one was made several months ago to the two institutions, the school has not received any positive response from them.
The late Cooper served the church in many positions, including trustee of the Trinity Cathedral Episcopal Church on Broad Street. Also, he was the first Chairman of the Board of Directors of the bank in Liberia. He was instrumental in establishing the bank in this country at the time of security concerns. Today, the bank ranks among the best in the country.
The school’s head said the school has been finding it difficult to operate owing to financial constrains because it is almost tuition free. He said the school in presently in a deplorable condition with leaking roofs that are unhealthy for the students.
“We decided to open the school in memory of this great humanitarian and patriotic Liberian because of his concern for the future leaders of this country. But our desire is being affected by the lack of financial assistance,” he pointed out.
He said the school has again written the two institutions, especially Ecobank with a new Managing Director, restating the need for assistance. Mr. Kahnplay said it is the hope of the administration that this time around, these appeals would yield fruitful results.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Board, Atty. Philip N. Wesseh, has buttressed the appeal of the school’s administration to improve the condition at the school.
He then pledged the Board’s continuous support to the administration to make the learning atmosphere conducive and thanked the teaching staff for the tremendous sacrifices being made to provide education to young Liberians, many of whose parents cannot afford high tuition.
Atty Wesseh said he took on the task to chair the board because of the late Cooper’s role in national development. However, he expressed disappointment that despite the numerous appeals, the school is yet to receive the needed assistance.