The Student Unification Party (SUP) of the University of Liberia on Wednesday issued a press statement rejecting tuition increment announced by the university administration.SUP declared that it will be a violation of the fiscal policy of the University should the increment take effect in the second semester of the academic year.SUP chairman Jerome D. Dangbuah said 95% of the students attending the state owned university are unemployed. “Therefore, 85% of the students depend on scholarships,” he said, “and any increment will cause many of them to drop out of school.”He said presently University of Liberia students are confronted with the lack of internet facilities, transportation, inadequate infrastructure and the absence of other basic social services that the administration must tackle before increasing tuition.According him, students over the years have paid for ID cards, computer literacy, t-shirts and other services that the administration has not been able to provide. Dangbuah reminded the administration that the University of Liberia was created by a Legislative Act which made it not for profit making.He said University of Liberia has the challenge to train more manpower for the various disciplines to improve the living standard of Liberians.Dangbuah meanwhile called on the National Legislature to increase the state-owned university’s fiscal budgetary appropriation from US$15.1 million to US$ 29 million.On the administration’s decision to increase tuition, he said SUP, representing the students, was not part of consultations that led to the decision to increase tuition.Dangbuah explained that already many students are finding it difficult to pay their tuition at the regular LD$175 per credit hour.He called on UL students to remain calm as efforts are underway to petition the National Legislature with their concerns for redress.It may be recalled that last Tuesday the UL Administration announced tuition increase from LD$175.00 per credit hour to USD$4 for undergraduate programs and US$55 to USD$75 for the Master’s degree program.Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, who is the chair person of the Board of Trustees, welcomed the administration’s decision. She said if the University of Liberia must be on par with other universities in Africa, then money is needed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The intervention of the Guyana Association of Municipalities (GAM) has resulted in Guyana now returning to full-term membership status, under the Caribbean Local Government Association (CALGA).CALGA Second Vice President Anthony Roberts on Sunday wrapped up a three-day visit to Guyana where he delivered the good news to the Communities Ministry and the GAM. The CALGA official arrived last Thursday and met with Government and the GAM, noting that Guyana was elevated from observer status under the CALGA after fulfilling the relevant requirements. Guyana’s status was downgraded a few years ago, but measures were taken by the GAM to correct theGAM President Carwyn Holland and CALGA officialAnthony Roberts lapse. Roberts also expressed his satisfaction with the push for decentralisation and commended Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan for the positive report he received from the local municipalities, as he encouraged Guyana to keep pushing in the direction of full autonomy for local organs. He also noted that there was still minimal friction between local organs and central and regional governments over interference.Minister Bulkan, in response, thanked CALGA for the confidence expressed and pledged Guyana’s full support to the regional organ, while committing to ensuring local government organs were fully equipped to carry out their functions effectively. GAM, which was instrumental in facilitating the visit which followed a recent CALGA strategic planning meeting in Trinidad, has recorded its second international success since being resuscitated, after earlier gaining Guyana a place `on the executive body of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum. GAM President Carwyn Holland, who is also the outgoing Mayor of Linden, thanked CALGA for recognising the importance of Guyana’s contribution regionally and lobbied for Guyana to be the next host of the CALGA executive meeting, slated for June 2018. Holland noted that Guyana was a founder member of the Association and it was most fitting for the country to be the host. Roberts was also a Guest Speaker at the Corriverton Phagwah celebrations and met with the Mayor and Councillors there. Last Saturday, he held a meeting with the GAM executives and later travelled to Linden for sight-seeing and a meeting with the outgoing Mayor and Councillors. Roberts also called for Guyana’s support as the regional body seeks observer status with the Caribbean Community (Caricom).