House grants Grand Gedeh Community College University Charter
By Bridgett Milton
The House of Representatives has unanimously voted to repeal the 2011 Act establishing the Grand Gedeh County Community College (GGCC), thus granting it a university charter.
The full plenary took the decision Thursday, 1 December 2022 during its 11th day sitting of the 3rd quarter of the 5th session.
It followed a report from the Joint Committee on Education, Judiciary, and Ways and Means.
According to the committee, upon receipt of the bill submitted by Representative George Boley, the Committee on Education and Public Administration convened several meetings to discuss the benefits and values of granting the college a university charter.
The committee said the meetings and consultations were held with relevant stakeholders associated with the GGCC (Administrative staff, Board of Trustees), students, graduates and the Commission on Higher Education.
The Committee said Grand Gedeh County which is strategically situated in the Southeastern region of Liberia, has about 40,000 students enrolled in 200 schools with 5,200 students in 21 high schools across the county.
It said the senior high schools graduate an average of 846 students annually to be admitted into tertiary education programs.
The committee said it took into consideration the inevitable needs for the elevation of the College.
It observed that it is the only public higher education institution in the County, thus pushing the need to elevate it to a four-year degree granting University.
The committee noted that it will enhance higher education as a means to decentralize tertiary education in the leeward counties, with particular emphasis on the upper-Southeastern region.
For his part, Representative George Boley lauded his colleagues and called on the Liberian Senate to concur with the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, a motion was made by Rivercess County Representative Rosana Schaack to ensure the passage. The instrument has been forwarded to the Liberian Senate for concurrence. –Edited by Winston W. Parley