The Inquirer (Monrovia)

20 December 2012

Liberia: We Need a Revival

Despite government's financial aid program to pay tuition and fees including small monthly stipends to encourage students in the area of sciences, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has told graduates of the State owned University of Liberia (UL) that students seeking college education need a revival.

She predicted that students who are still enrolling into the College of Business may experience difficulties in getting jobs.

Serving as the 93rd Commencement Convocation Speaker of the University of Liberia yesterday at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville, President Sirleaf said it is discouraging to know that more students are still having interest in the College of Business instead of the Sciences.

The President told the over 1,800 graduates that it is time that Liberian students get involved into the sciences and technical areas in support of the country's manpower needs.

President Sirleaf's statement came in the wake of UL President Dr. Emmet A. Dennis' announcement to President Sirleaf as Visitor to the University that of the six undergraduate colleges, the College of Business and Public Administration tops the list with 925 candidates.

Speaking as Visitor to the University, the President told the audience that it is time that Liberian students revitalize their areas of discipline because Liberia will need Science students who may take over the oil sector of the country. President Sirleaf said every society needs to improve the quality of service and output of what has been attained.

She wants students to take advantage of government's financial aids provided to pursue degrees in medicine, agriculture, engineering and education.

President Sirleaf however commended the graduates and urged them to prepare themselves morally and mentally as they go out in the world. She also encouraged them to be fearless with assurance that government will continue to create the enabling environment for them to advance their studies.

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