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CFCA Scholarship closes to 8,000 Liberian students

By Jos Garneo Cephas
Victimized students loitering at CFCA's offices  in Monrovia
Victimized students loitering at CFCA's offices in Monrovia

(mylbsonline/Liberia)-More than 8,000 Liberian scholarship students have reportedly been forced to drop out of school.

The situation is due to the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA)’s decision to close down its sponsored education and support program.

In a telephone interview Tuesday, June 18, 2013, CFCA Project Coordinator, Nathaniel Chappie, confirmed the abrupt folding up of the education and support program without further clarifications.

Mr. Chappie said: “CFCA has operated in Liberia for about 15 years and has educated several Liberians under its program. So, when our sponsors decide to pull out, who has the power to stop them”. 

Student beneficiaries and parents Friday June 14, 2013, accused the CFCA team of mismanaging the running of the program.

A three year-old beneficiary of the scholarship program, and 11th Grade student of the Christ the King Catholic School, Makita K. Paye said: “I believe the program is closing down because of the lack of trust in CFCA by our sponsors abroad”.

Student Paye also cited instances, where “some student beneficiaries’ photos were replaced with strange photos of others who had not been on the CFCA scholarship scheme.

“We are being given US$28.00 as closure fee. I have no choice,” Paye said.

A parent, Cecelia Willet-Ross, said: “My son has been on the program from 5th Grade to 11th Grade, but sometimes CFCA asked me to do school fee payment.”

“Supplies like mattresses, toys and birthday presents, intended for our children, never reached us,” Madam Willet-Ross emphasized. 

“The payments of the second semester school fees for many children on the program have not been met by CFCA as yet, she further complained.

“We were only called here today to take delivery of US$28.00 per student as closure fee, telling us the scholarship was no more.”
Investigation into how the fold-up of the scholarship program also affects student beneficiaries continues.

The CFCA operated its scholarship program in parts of Liberia, including Grand Bassa, Margibi, Montserrado and Bomi Counties.

 


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