In the wake of the recent eviction from its premises, the Parents/Teachers
Association of the Early Learning Foundation School has threatened to take
NTGL Chairman Gyude Bryant to court.
The spokesman of the Association Mr. Wynne Bryant told journalists in an
interview that their children were forced out of the school’s campus
in Mamba Point by UNMIL soldiers upon the orders of Chairman Bryant. He
said when the parents challenged the eviction, which they termed illegal,
they were again “attacked by UNMIL police.”
...Minister of Justice, Cllr, Kabenah J’aneh prevailed on the Chairman
to relocate the school. He noted that since the children have now been relocated
they (the parents) are ready to begin the process for legal redress.
He indicated that the action taken by the Chairman through UNMIL was to
the disadvantage of the students and needs some “judicial intervention”
to bring the chairman to show cause why he took such action.
Mr. Bryant further went on to state that the children were “attacked”
by what he referred to as “international armed soldiers” an
action he noted, should not go with impunity. He disclosed that parents
are currently consulting their legal expert in an attempt to draw a case
against the Chairman of the Transitional Government.
When contacted, Justice Minister Karbenah J’aneh denied that he was
in the fore front of taking to Chairman Bryant to relocate the Early Learning
Foundation School, but said that he and others only ensured that government
worked with the school authorities and the PTA to have the children return
He said, this was in support of the government’s policy that “all
kids of school-going age” be given the opportunity to go to school.
He refused to comment on the alleged forceful eviction of the children from
their old school building in Mamba Point, but agreed that the relocation
was government’s own way of ensuring that the children remain in school.
He ruled out court action, stressing that “this is not a court issue”.
Another parent, Melvin Paye said the action on the part of Chairman Bryant
is a violation of the Geneva Convention on the Rights of the Child.”
He alleged that the eviction came because Chairman Bryant intends to turn
the former premises of the school over to his sister, Carmina Tolbert- Doe.
He also accused the UN of aiding in the process, stressing that its soldiers
are currently serving as bodyguards to the Chairman. According to Mr. Paye
she used her influence to create the scenario to evict the Early Learning
Foundation in order to bring in the Montserrado International School which
she presently operates.
However, the Early Learning Foundation School has already been relocated
on Lynch Street. According to Mr. Wynne Bryant, the amount of 22,000.00USD
was provided by Chairman Bryant through the instrumentality of Justice Minister
Kabinah J’aneh for exercise.