Liberia: UL Students Prevent Registration Process

Several students of the University of Liberia were engaged in tearing down schedules on the main campus as a means of preventing the entire registration process at the school.

The students' action was in fulfillment of their previous position against recent pronouncement by the Board of Trustees of the university to increase tuition fees per credit hour from L$175.00 to US$4.00 per credit hour.

The incident which started during the afternoon hours on the main campus stemmed up from the administration's action to place schedules for the next semester, an situation that irritated the students.

This act on the part of the university administration to commence registration led to students going on the rampage, throwing stones and tearing down the various schedules.

The incident also led to two students been dragged and subsequently sustained major injuries allegedly by UL police and have been quickly rushed to a nearby clinic where they are undergoing treatment.

According to some of the students in the protest, who refused to mention their names for fear of been pickup by security personnel, said their action is to validate their stand against recent decision to increase tuition at the school.

The students, in separate statements, said they are going to continue the protest until the university can see reasons to abandon its decision to increase tuition, as doing so is only intended to drop many students out of school and prevent them from acquiring tertiary education.

"The child that says his mother will not sleep, that child will not also sleep. We are prepared for this cause in ensuring that tuition remains at its previous level. No one student is going to pay anything more than L$175.00 per credit," one of the students said.

The administration of the University of Liberia through its Board of Trustees recently took a decision to increase tuition fees per credit hour from US$2.05 to US$4.00 per credit hour.

Addressing a news conference earlier on the main campus in Monrovia, the acting chairperson of the Board of Trustees, Senator Jewel Howard Taylor said the university decided to take such decision due to the budgetary constrain facing the country's national budget.

But since this pronouncement by the government through Board, the university has come under serious criticism by many Liberians including students themselves with the latest ones from group of students who petitioned the legislature recently on Capitol Hill.

SOURCE: The New Republic Liberia.