Serious tensionhas erupted between students of the graduating class of the Nimba Community College in Sanniquellie, Nimba County and the College administration over US$200 being requested from each prospective graduate by the administration.
A total of 150 students of the graduating class of the college are vehemently opposed to paying the amount being requested. The aggrieved students said due to low income by their parents, most of them may not attend the graduation scheduled for December 12, 2015.
They also accused the college administration of denying some of their friends to graduate even after completing all of the required courses. The December gradation is the first at the college since it commenced full academic program in 2010.
When contacted, an administrator of the Nimba Community College, Madam Daiba Tozay, confirmed the US$200 being charged for the graduation. When asked about threat by the students to boycott the exercise due to lack of money, she said the administration will graduate any amount of students, who paid their fees in full.
Recently, the president of the Nimba Community College, Dr. Yar Conway Gono, requested from the government and the county administration US$100,000 to hold the first graduation program.
By Franklin Doloquee,Nimba-Edited by Jonathan Browne