Hundreds of students of Cuttington University in Suakoko, Bong County in Central Liberia risk the possibility of admission for this academic semester. The risk is a result of the demand by the university administration for the payment of more than sixty percent of fees from scholarship donors before enrollment.
Most of the donors, including government ministries and agencies, Members of the Legislature, have been pleading the Cuttington University administration to accept beneficiaries of their scholarships until the national budget is passed as usually done between the school and donors.
Despite the appeal, Cuttington University has maintained that this time, it cannot accept any student on scholarship when more than sixty percent of that tuition is not paid. On the basis of the foregoing position of Cuttington, scholarship donors are now asking their beneficiaries to wait until the next semester. Many students, especially those expected to do finishing courses and graduate between June and July this year, are now worried about over-staying.
Some expressed frustration to our Bong County correspondent, adding that they have been very dependent on scholarships to pursue higher education at the most expensive university in the country. Cuttington University has always complained about long delays by donors to pay fees they continue to owe the institution – something the university has maintained is hampering the smooth operation of the school, especially considering the payment of staff, as well as the high cost of fuel to run its generators, among others.
The school – always with an enrollment of over two thousand students, is reported to have just registered around six to seven hundred students with five only days to close its registration process. Many appeals continue to go to the authorities of Cuttington to register scholarship students, while donors are awaiting the passage of the national budget.
More than one thousand students are expected to be out of school this semester.
By Papa Morris Morris from Suakoko, Bong County-Edited by George Barpeen