African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) students in their hundreds went on the rampage in solidarity with their lecturers last Friday in Monrovia. Though there were neither injuries nor destruction reported, the situation last Friday created pandemonium in the public particularly within the vicinity where it took place in central town.
The protesting students, who set-up road blocks and burnt tires and sticks on Camp Johnson Road and other streets in central Monrovia, were in solidarity with their instructors who for past weeks grounded their tools (chalks) in demand of improved salaries and incentives.
The students blamed the university’s authority for the absence of their teachers from classes, saying once tuition and other fees within the university were increased same must apply to their tutors.
“The AMEU administration increased the cost of a credit hour from US$10.00 to US$12.00 beginning this semester, generating enough revenues for the smooth running of the institution,’’ the students noted.
However, the situation was brought under control by the Director of the Commission on Higher Education in Liberia, Dr. Michael Slawon. He pleaded with the students to exercise patience in channeling their grievances through their authority.
At the same time, he has called on the school administration to look into the demands of the teachers to allow them resume classes for the academic program.