Monrovia, 24 Oct 2018 : In an unprecedented move to quell persistent cries by Liberia’s impoverished growing student population, President George Weah on Wednesday declared tuition free for undergraduate studies at all public universities in Liberia’.
President George M. Weah
In a major policy speech on the main campus of state runned
University of Liberia in the Capitol Monrovia, President Weah acknowledged government’s responsibility to educate its citizens and prepare them for the duty of nation building.
He repeatedly cited Nelson Mandela’s belief in the power of education to change the course of mankind in any society, saying Liberia cannot be an exception.
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As the academic calendar began Monday, the huge undisclosed economic out lay needed to fully implement this policy cannot be overemphasized.
Besides UL and Tubman University in Harper, Maryland County where over 40,000 new entrants who attempt to enroll yearly, dozens of faith-based and private universities run undergraduate programs in Liberia.
Lofa County Community College
Aside from that, most of the 15 counties have functioning community colleges that could begin awarding undergraduate degrees in a few years.
Weah, accompanied by the country’s Finance and Development Minister Samuel Tweah, received deafening applause for the landmark declaration.
Graduates of William VS Tubman University in Maryland County – File Photo
In his short speech, the Liberian President explained no details about how the policy will be implemented.
UL student leader Mau Mau Flomo, in remarks, informed President Weah that “vibrations” would echo from the UL when authorities fail to listen to grievances of students.
But Weah urged students leaders to eschew “vibrations” on their campuses and solely concentrate hard on their studies in order to achieve academic excellence.
In his reaction to the pronouncement of free education for public colleges in Liberia, the National President of the University of Liberia Alumni Association In The Americas Mr. Melvin D. Howard welcomed the news as a “good” for students attending the University of Liberia and other public institutions.
UL Alumni Association In The Americas President Melvin D. Howard
The UL Alumni President Mr. Howard, however, called on the Liberian Government to go beyond the free tuition pronouncement and fully fund operations and salaries at the University of Liberia to sustain quality education and avoid future chaos at the institution.
Bureau chief Monrovia