The students noted that increasing the graduate school tuition from US$55 per credit hour to US$75 is an indication that the administration of the nation’s highest institution of learning wants reduction in enrollment at the graduate school. The group of students believes that this decision would bring back old memories when some Liberians were denied entering at the University of Liberia.
Speaking to reporters on the campus of the university, a senior student from the Department of Regional Planning, Siafa Varney Passeway recalled that in the 1970s indigenes were disallowed from entering the University by virtue of their native names. He said the current increment by the University is the beginning of reintroducing that old-age policy.
Mr. Passeway observed that the increment in tuition at the UL will cause many students to drop from school next semester, if nothing is done by the Government to ensure that the tuition is brought to an affordable level.
He further stressed that the current increment is a complete instrument of division designed by the UL authority and the Government of Liberia to strangulate the already angry, hungry and destitute students studying at the graduate school.
Also speaking, a representative from the Education Department at the Graduate school, Mr. Kla Toomey, described the increment as “rejection method” designed by the UL administration to reduce students’ enrollment at the graduate school.
Mr. Tommey said already, students studying education at the institution are facing financial difficulty, and due to such financial constraints many of them cannot afford to complete the semester.
He said many of them will not be able to enroll next semester due to the increment; therefore he wants the Liberian Chief Executive, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, to intervene on their behalf to enable them continue their professional studies at the UL.
Meanwhile, a female student at the Department of Public Administration Willet Brown is also admonishing the UL authority and the President of Liberia to reduce the tuition to an affordable amount to enable the female students to continue their studies.
Madam Brown claimed that many of the students are self-sponsored at the graduate school. Hence, if the tuition remains as was pronounced by the University of Liberia Board of Trustees and administration, it will force many of them to leave school.
She urged President Johnson-Sirleaf to ensure that the tuition is reduced or else her effort in trying to avoid female prostitution and other indecent behaviors will increase.