before the cock could sing such a statement
Since we arrived at the weekend, the campus has been consumed by darkness at night due to the lack of electricity.
Report by Alfred P. B. Kiadii, [email protected]
(Monrovia, Liberia – January 22, 2019) – When President George M. Weah announced that all public universities in Liberia will be subject to an increase in tuition fees and therefore his government will pay the bill to alleviate students from the & # 39; burden of paying tuition fees, has attracted applause and praise from many quarters.
Although this statement was more like a harassment to its base using its characteristic populist, Liberians and other Africans praised the government for such a useful initiative, and the news made the global title and attracted plaudits, signaling that is the way the Weah government guarantees education is accessible to the mass of Liberians.
However, before the cock could comment on this ruling, some analysts said that the political declaration made by the president was not supported by a realistic political analysis to ascertain the depth of the tension that the government's salary would sustain, supporting that the economy has already taken a dive. Adding that due to the collapse of the wage, in conjunction with the recurrent crises of lost revenue, stagflation (a combination of stagnant growth and high inflation), low investment and dilapidated businesses, these anomalies could prevent the government from delivering such an important political pronouncement .
So far, a credible relationship that has reached us is that the only medical university of Liberia in the medical institute AM Dioglotti, University of Liberia, can not open due to the severe drought of funding amid the government's refusal to rely on the budget of the University of Liberia. Interestingly, this is happening the day after President Weah's political statement that his government will take charge of students' tuition at all public universities in the country. So, if the government can not allocate funds for the management of the only medical college in the country, would it be able to offer free public tertiary education to thousands of Liberian students?
Speaking on condition of anonymity, our journalist told our reporter: "We went back to the dorm weekend, hoping that the lessons would resume on Monday, but the university authorities told us that the school remains closed. at the weekend, the campus was consumed by darkness at night due to a lack of electricity, but we do not know when the lessons will resume and no one will tell us anything about it. "
In all this, according to the Liberia Medical and Dental Council (LMDC) as of September 2017, Liberia had 338 doctors who took care of 4.5 million people, making the medical report per patient 1: 15,000. Such a ridiculous statistic reveals the rottenness of Liberia's health system and thus demonstrates why infant mortality and other treatable diseases continue to count human victims in the country.
Meanwhile, the medical college can not move to its new campus built by the World Bank due to lack of funds for electricity, water transported by pipes and other services suitable for the school. In addition, foreign instructors from Nigeria, Ethiopia and Uganda have not returned to the country because the authorities of the University of Liberia have not renewed their contracts due to a black hole in the budget. This has forced the instructors to stay in their respective countries since they went on vacation.
Prior to the Weah Government's political declaration for the University of Liberia to abandon tuition and fees, teaching was used to pay for the stationery and other accessories, as well as funds from other sources. This situation has left college students in a situation of uncertainty, since they will be permanently out of school because the authorities of the UL have not set a date for the reopening of medical school.