Speaking to journalists yesterday, SUP Press and Propaganda officer Martin Kollie says authorities of the University of Liberia have again started to propose increment in tuition at the university for the incoming semesters.
He disclosed that to avert the proposed increment, the campus-based political institution has embarked on an initiative to galvanize students to petition the national Legislature to increase the UL budget from the current US$15 million to at least US$29million.
According to Kollie, over 3,000 students have signed the petition, which suggests the level at which students are against the proposed increment planned by the University’s authorities.
He added that due to the low budgetary support to the government owned university, students are struggling to attain quality education. He stressed that increasing tuition could add what he calls strangulation of the already suffering masses.
He said the University is a public institution, not a private one that authorities just decide any time to increase tuition; when there are low income students who cannot afford current tuitions, and are dependent on scholarship.
Kollie says the proposed increment is a cleaver attempt by authority to depopulate or deprive young Liberians who are egger to attain higher education.
It has been more than three years since the University of Liberia announced plans to increase tuition from L$175 per credit hour to US$5.
Kollie said that the government of Liberia is under a statutory mandate to provide funding and quality education for students.