The Analyst (Monrovia)

17 August 2012

Liberia: Increase Subsidy for Tuition Reduction

The authorities at the Cuttington University in Central Liberia have described delays in the payment of arrears by scholarship donors as a serious predicament ahead of the commencement of the next academic year in September 2012.

According to a statement issued in Monrovia on Thursday by Cuttington’s Vice President for Public Relations, Dr. Joshua D.B. Giddings, public and private scholarship donors are still indebted to the University to the tone of more than Five-Hundred Thousand U.S Dollars for the just-ended academic year.

The statement urged scholarship donors to ensure the payment of all arrears to avoid future embarrassment, especially at the start of the next academic year in mid-September.

Authorities of Cuttington also described the institution’s economic conditions as so extremely unfavorable to its viability that a swift financial intervention of the Liberian Government is needed.

Cuttington said at the time prices of major supplies such as fuel, chemicals to ensure pure drinking water, as well as food for students’ cafeteria and building materials, among others have ‘sky-rocketed’, it was important and urgent for the Government of Liberia to increase its subsidy.

Such urgent increment in government’s subsidy, the statement further noted, will enable the University improve these basic social services, as well as renovate dormitories, construct new homes for faculty and increase the salaries of professors, instructors and staff for improvement in their living conditions to keep their valuable services attracted.

The Cuttington University authorities then appealed to the wisdom of the Liberian Legislature for an increment in subsidy, emphasizing that such decision will serve as a motivation for the reduction of tuition fees to an affordable level for easy access to quality higher education.

The statement quoted the authorities as emphasizing the need for the Liberian Government to remain engaged with Cuttington University in its efforts to continue to assist in providing quality education for Liberians, especially young people in preparation for generational change.

With tremendous increase in its subsidy, the University reiterated its commitment to making Cuttington tuition fees affordable, as well as improving basic social services on campus and increasing the salaries of its professors and instructors.

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