The Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) has lauded President George Manneh Weah for declaring free education to undergraduate students to all public universities within the country.Launching the “Waking the Giant Initiative” recently in Sinkor, LCC president Rev. Dr. Kortu Brown thanked President Weah on behalf of the Council, expressing their gratitude for such a wonderful decision in these difficult time, declaring a tuition free education at various public universities.
Rev. Brown says it is something that citizens were long desirous to have.“We commend the government for such a laudable efforts, but we hope that the mechanism is developed because the money we’re talking about is not committed. It’s new money to be added,” Rev. Brown cautions.
He says the Council of Churches is hoping that all the relevant institutions will sit down and analyze to make this scheme work for the benefit of the citizens.According to him, it is time that Churches in Liberia wake up from their division, noting that no one group can solve the challenges that Liberia is facing.
It can be recalled that President George Manneh Weah on Wednesday, October 24, declared tuition free at the undergraduate level for all public universities across the country.The President’s pronouncement comes amid tension between the University of Liberia’s students and the administration over the increment in credit hour fee from L$400 to L$600 per credit hour.
President Weah’s declaration is a relief for many struggling students at the state-run university. But some political pundits have termed the pronouncement as more of a political posturing and not meeting the current economic reality the nation faces.
By Lewis S. Teh–Edited by Winston W. Parley