President George Weah on Friday, October 4, officially launched the most talked about automatic digital online registration system at the University of Liberia (UL).
It was launched on October 4 at the UL Fendall campus for the first time in the history of the university. This means students will now have the opportunity to register online instead of the manual registration processes they have endured since the UL was established in 1951.
It may be recalled that earlier this year, students at the state-owned university, demanding the resignation of UL President, Dr. Ophelia Weeks, owing to what they claim was her failure to allow them to register after the deadline for registration had elapsed, protested.
As a result, President Weah instructed the Minister of Finance to allocate funding for the establishment of a digital online platform.
President Weah, a visitor to the university, further expressed frustration over Liberians being spectators in their own country under his regime, while assuring his government’s political will to ensure productivity at the state-run university is achieved.
“If we want the UL to be on top, it will take commitment, hard work, and dedication,” President Weah said.
He however admonished students not to depend on education alone, but rather they should build connections with their counterparts to ensure the country is developed.
Weah then thanked the UL administration for their dedication, which he said has led to the launch of the Automated Registration System.
Dr. Weeks lauded President Weah for the needed support that has made available a 21st century digitized registration system, adding: “As students begin to effectively use the services, it is important to note that a proper management is key, and that it should not be misused by the students.”
Further support came through the collaborative effort of stakeholders, including the Liberia Telecommunication Company (LIBTELCO), as well as its much-publicized internet service program, “School connects.”
LIBTELCO’s IT Service Management Consultant, Jay Kesselee Fatormah, informed a cross section of students that the internet program is now open to all learning institutions in the country that are prepared to improve the educational system.
Fatormah said all learning institutions and other LIBTELCO’s subscribers of the “School Connect” internet service can also access the corporation’s internet service at all areas that are connected with its newest program.
He mentioned that students and others who have subscribed to the program can actively use the internet from one point of connection with a secret code. “Every student at the university will pay US$5 for four months, and high school students will pay US$3 per semester for the unlimited internet service,” he added.