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Ruling Coalition for Democratic Change defeated senatorial candidate and Montrserrado County electoral district #5 Representative Thomas P. Fallah, has written the House of Representatives, seeking support for an Act to establish a special fund to support and sustain Government of Liberia tuition-free scheme for at the University of Liberia and all public universities and colleges, including payment of WASSCE fees for ninth and twelfth graders (public and private) in the country.

According to Rep. Fallah, considering education as fundamental to the growth and development of any nation, the legislation when passed into law, will seek to positively enhance the educational system.

“Mr. Speaker, I have attached the Act to create a special education fund to support and sustain the tuition-free scheme for the University of Liberia, all public universities and colleges programs, and the free WASSCE fees for ninth and twelfth graders in Liberia for plenary consideration and passage”, the District#5 lawmaker writes.

In a letter dated January 13, 2021 and addressed to Speaker Bhofal Chambers, Rep. Fallah said sustaining the tuition-free scheme for the University of Liberia and all public universities and colleges will mitigate current economic inequality by increasing college enrollment, lowering pressure on students and parents and improve completion term of students especially, amongst underprivileged ones.

He added the act will help to reduce financial burden on students and parents and increase senior high enrollment and academic outputs from the student populace.

He said the aim is to see all public schools across the country free and rallies his colleagues in the House, “We are all parents here and it’s about time that we all get involved.’’

The Montserrado County lawmaker said government has to take the burden off the head of parents and when the act is enacted into law, it would go beyond this administration and administrations to come so that students would benefit and parents ease from the burden of paying WASSCE fees.

At the same time he called on members of the House of Representatives to support the proposed act by enacting it into law.

He said this could be a good step in improving the country’s economy.

Meanwhile, the communication has sent to the committee on education and ways, means and Finance to report in two weeks.

By Bridgett Milton–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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