At long last, the University of Liberia (UL) has announced the resumption of classes beginning today Tuesday, March 17.
UL vice president for Public Relations, Norris Tweh, disclosed among other things that the decision to reopen the university came about after consultations with relevant government authorities, seeking a solution for the speedy reopening of the university.
According to him, the government has assured the UL authorities that classes will resume by today, Tuesday in line with what the administration has already planned and submitted to the faculty committee on academic affairs.
Mr. Tweh disclosed that the government also assured the UL Administration that it would provide the necessary funding for the resumption and the peaceful continuation of academic activities.
He made the announcement over the weekend when he spoke in an interview with reporters at his office on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.
“Even though the actual funding requested from the government by the UL for re-opening and the smooth running of the university is not yet available, any amount that will be on hand will be managed so as to enable us to reopen today March 17, for the 2015 academic year,” Mr. Tweh assured.
The UL official noted that the expected fund, if made available by the government, would be used to pay some of the outstanding instructors’ salary arrears and other benefits that have accumulated over the past months.
Mr. Tweh’s disclosure comes on the heels of an earlier announcement by UL President, Dr. Emmet A.Dennis, that there were no funds for the reopening of the institution.
Dr. Dennis’ statement threatened the hopes of the over 30,000 students as there were reports that some students had decided to abandon higher education at the country’s flagship institution.
For the past weeks, the UL Administration has been conducting workshops for teachers, especially on topics that have to do with Ebola virus disease (EVD) preventive measures so that the campuses can be safe while students go about their normal learning activities.
Schools throughout the country were ordered closed during the second outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) last year.
However, the action of the government to have schools reopened came as the result of the drastic decline in the number of new Ebola cases across the country.