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The National Commission on Higher Education has admonished students seeking enrollment in universities in the country to first inquire whether such institutions are registered with the Ministry of Education.

National Commission on Higher Education director general Dr. Michael Slawon, said these fake or substandard universities offer degrees in various professions at poor quality to students.
He said the commission is working with the Ministry of Education to transform in the words of President Sirleaf the “Mess” to best.
Speaking on a local radio station, Dr. Slawon said that the University of Liberia needs full-time instructors, who are able to conduct research in order to efficiently impact knowledge to the students, noting that most of instructors at the state-owned university work on a part-time basis.
As a result, he said most of the instructors there work at about two places so when they reach at the University to teach, it becomes late and there is no time left to plan their lessons and research before lecturing in the classroom.
Dr. Slawon also stressed the need for teachers at the University of Liberia to be trained and adequately paid adding that teachers are teaching in more than one university because the cost of living is hard and salary at the state-run university is low.
The Administration of the University of Liberia has embarked on a program of sending some of its instructors, particularly Teaching Assistants abroad for training in a bid to improve the quality of lessons being presented to students.

By Ethel A. Tweh – Editing by Jonathan Browne

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