Ellen Annuls UL Tuition Hike

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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has promised the over 25,000 students at the University of Liberia (UL) of her government’s commitment to keeping the tuition at L$175 per credit hour.
She assured the students that “not even a dime will be added on the fees per course as is being reportedly proposed by the authorities of the state run university.”
The President made the commitment to the students when she paid a brief visit to the main campus of the nation’s premier institution on Capitol Hill in Monrovia on Friday.
“I have never been told or informed about any increment at the university by its authorities,” the Visitor to the UL told the students to a round of applause.
The president’s statement comes against the backdrop of several threats that continue to come from UL students that they will resist any increment in fees.
The UL authorities have planned to increase the tuition from L$175 to US$5 per credit hour; a move that enraged the student body, many of whom are underprivileged and self-supported.
President Sirleaf, who upon arrival at the campus, met with vice president for UL relations, Norris Tweh, told the students that if there should be any increment, it will be on a steady or incremental basis rather than the “astronomical jump” that the administration had intended to introduce.
She then urged the students to shun violence, which frequently hampers learning activities at the university. UL has a history of violent student protests that have caused frequent interruptions in normal academic activities.
She told the students that they should be aware that what is being paid at the UL is very small compared to other state run universities in the sub-region, and as such, they should take advantage of that to pay attention to their education rather than constantly demonstrating for little or no reason.
The students, through the Chairman of the Student Unification Party (SUP) Nathan Kpao, earlier told President Sirleaf that they were not prepared to accept increment in tuition fees, and therefore begged the President to intervene in the situation and ensure that it does not happen.
They also spoke of the dilapidated state of infrastructures at the university, especially the unpainted buildings, leaking classrooms and lack of laboratories for students, especially those in the department of sciences.

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