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CU president blames economic constraints for poor enrollment

Cuttington University president Dr. Hermon Browne has attributed drop in enrollment at the University to the current economic situation in the Country.

Dr. Browne’s Administration has seen huge decline in enrollment at the University especially at its Suakoko campus, one of several reason behind attacks against his administration by faculty and students.

But in an interview with our Bong County correspondent recently, Dr. Browne stated that many of the students are not able to cope with the economic constraints that are currently in the Country.
He, however, admits that the introduction of tough financial policy at the University can also be attributed to the decline in enrollment.

But he says the decline in enrollment has not been huge, adding that at the level of the graduate school, enrollment dropped just by five percent.

Dr. Browne indicates that the major problem has been at the undergraduate program in Suakoko where there has been some significant decline in enrollment.

According to him, since he took over at the junior college, enrollment has increased by 30 percent.
Some students and faculty members claimed that the reason for low enrollment was that Dr. Browne denied scholarship Donors’ request to accept their students and make payment later.

They claimed that it included some lawmakers especially from Bong County who had huge number of students under the administration of former CU president Dr. Henrique Flomo Tokpa, now Bong County Senator.

By Joseph Titus Yekeryan in Bong–Edited by Winston W. Parley

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