President George Weah announced the abolishment of tuition fees for undergraduates at Liberia’s public universities on Thursday.
Addressing the crowd at the University of Liberia, President Weah stated his displeasure at hearing the students’ grievance regarding high tuition fees. He found that out of the 20,000 applicants who register, only about 12,000 enter. And out of that 12,000, about 5,000 are reliant on financial aid. The remainder of the students fail to attend due to of lack of funds.
The university’s administrator attributed the increase in tuition fees to the state of Liberia’s currency. He said the drop in the Liberian dollar against the US dollar was what caused the amount to rise.
The president felt that the youth should be able to study without impediment and declared the abolishment of tuition fees for those who were yet to attain their qualifications. This applies to the University of Liberia, the Booker Washington Institute, Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law and the William Tubman University.
President Weah’s determination to fight the poverty he was also subjected as a child, and to develop the country was what won him the elections late last year. He planned to give Liberia’s economy a jumpstart as the nation is still finding its financial feet following the civil wars in 1989 to 1996 and 1999 to 2003.