Prominent Liberians living in the commercial city of Ganta are calling on the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) to give accreditation to the Liberia International Christian College (LICC) to run a Bachelor’s degree program.
The citizens made the call recently at the third graduation exercises of the institution.
Taking the first turn in sending out the request to NCHE, J. Lanon Martor, District Education Officer of Meinpea Education District said at the end of every academic year over 800 students graduate from high school and most of them cannot afford to live in Monrovia.
Mr. Martor said besides the high cost of education in Monrovia, it is difficult to have dwelling places couple with transportation.
He added that the only state-run university is overpopulated that entering therein is very difficult.
“With this condition, we are calling on the national government to see reason to grant LICC the accreditation for a Bachelor Degree program since it has the facility. Most of our students graduating in Nimba cannot afford the living condition in Monrovia. There are some Master’s degree earners here who can teach Bachelor’s degree candidates,” Mr. Martor stressed.
Also making the same request, Bain-Garr Commissioner, Shirley Brown said Monrovia is not the only place every Liberian will have to acquire education.
According to Commissioner Brown, decentralization of education will help government take more people from Monrovia to other areas in the country, thus easing the economic and other social constraints.
Making the request to Nimba County District #1 lawmaker Jeremiah Koung, Commissioner Brown emphasized that students are willing to seek higher education, but because not many universities in the country to accommodate them, they are constrained to do other things than pursuing education.
She said when LICC is granted degree status; most of the school-going youths will have the opportunity to acquire their education in the area they are at a low cost.
“LICC has the facility and instructors who can teach our children here. When this college is granted a degree status, it will help to reduce the population concentrated in Monrovia and people will not have problem with housing as it is in Monrovia,” Commissioner Brown said.
The president of LICC, Dr. Sei Bour in an interview with the Daily Observer said the institution has the requisite facilities even more than some accredited universities operating in the country.
“We are building two-storey building for the Agriculture College, and today we are dedicating this resource center that will comprise a library and a technology center. Moreover, we have sent out some of our staff to get advance degrees to come and work here. I can assure you that we have the capacity to operate a Bachelor program and our product will be solid and reliable in the job market,” Dr. Bour said.
In response to the request, Nimba County District #1 Representative, Jeremiah Koung alluded to the fact the college has the needed facilities and can operate as a Bachelor Degree granting institution.
Representative Koung assured the requestors that he would liaise with his colleagues and the Commission on Higher Education to consider all necessary reasons associated with the request to grant the institution the accreditation to offer Bachelor Degree.
Liberia International Christian College is currently offering Associate of Art Degree to students who undergo its teaching for a period of three years.
Courses offered by the institution include Education, Agriculture, Pastoral Theology and Business Management. The school graduated 56 candidates during its third commencement convocation on July 6.
LICC is the second college in Nimba that offers Associate of Art Degree, the first being the Nimba Community College that has not produce graduates yet.
The former African Bible College is now accredited to offer Bachelor Degree and is not African Bible College University located in Yekepa.
It also has more learning facilities with foreign instructors; however, it has impediment in attracting students because of the high tuition paid in the United States Dollar and its location.
Unlike pre-war days when LAMCO was still operating, the area now has less population due to unimproved facilities in that local area.