19 February 2013

Liberia: UL Explains Tuition Increment

Photo: New Democrat
President of the University of Liberia, Dr Emmet A. Dennis

The President of the University of Liberia (UL) has categorically denied ever planning to increase tuition at the State University from LD$175.00 to USD5.00 per credit hour as has been widely speculated.

The speculation, according to Dr. Emmet Dennis, is a "complete misinformation" designed and spread by group of people that perhaps, intend to create confusion.

The UL President recently proposed to the Board of Trustees, US$1 increment in tuition per credit hour for undergraduate studies in accordance with a proposal submitted and approved by the Board of Trustees nearly four years ago.

"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 (L$175.00 equivalent) to USD5.00, (L$350.00 equivalent per credit hour)," a UL release issued in Monrovia Monday stated.

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

Four years ago, upon the presentation of a program to improve the quality of education at the University, the UL approved a plan for gradual increase in tuition over a three-year period from the LD equivalent of USD1.40/ credit to the LD equivalent of US$5.00 credit.

As a result, tuition was increased from US$1.40/per credit to US$2.50, an LD equivalent of $175.00 per credit.

Based on this plan, the President said, he proposed to increase tuition from US$2.50 to US$3.50, and LD equivalent of L$245.00.

"It is this US$1 increment the people misinterpreted to the public," the President points out.

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