19 February 2013

Liberia: UL Denies U.S.$Five Increment

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President of the University of Liberia, Dr Emmet A. Dennis

Admits recent protest before lawmakers by students of the University of Liberia following reports that UL Administration was about to increase credit hour to US$5, the President of the University of Liberia (UL), Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, has disclosed that Board of Trustees has approved his proposal to increase credit hour to US$3.50 (LD$245), and not US$5.00 as being widely speculated here.

In a release issued in Monrovia on Monday, February 18, 2013, UL Vice President for Relations Dr. S. Momolu Getaweh said, Dr. Dennis categorically denied ever planning to increase tuition at the State University from LD$175.00 to USD$5.00 per credit hour.

The release said, "The speculation is a complete misinformation designed and spread by group of people that perhaps, intend to create confusion."

Dr. Getaweh revealed that the UL President recently proposed to the board of trustees, US$1.00 increment in tuition per credit hour for undergraduates' studies in accordance with a proposal submitted and approved by the board nearly four years ago.

But he said regrettably, people, who did not get the information correctly or perhaps intending to create confusion, widely speculated the information that the president had announced an increase in tuition from US$2.50 (LD$175) to US$5.00 (LD$350) per credit hour.

"We therefore want to caution people, who disseminate information to always ascertain the facts, including the mass media," the release said.

To improve the quality of education at the State University, the UL authorities said the board of trustees approved a plan four years ago for gradual increment in tuition over a three year period from US$1.00 to US$5.00 per credit. As a result, the UL said tuition was increased from US$1.40 per credit to US$2.50, an equivalent of LD$175 per credit.

"Based on this plan, the President said, he proposed to increase tuition from US$2.50 to US$3.50, an LD equivalent of $245.00", the release concluded.

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