Liberia Public Universities Now Tuition Free for Undergraduate Study

Liberian Universities Become Tuition-Free

President George Manneh Weah last Thursday declared that the University of Liberia and all other Public Universities in Liberia will now enjoy free tuition for undergraduates.

In the statement released by the Liberian President on Facebook, he said “Today, I’m excited to announce that I have declared the University of Liberia and all other Public Universities in Liberia tuition free for all undergraduates.” He left that message without giving any further details.

Reports indicate that the Liberian president also made the declaration before students of the University of Liberia at the Capitol Hill campus located in the capital Liberia. The announcement was met with loud cheers and applause.

An undergraduate student is a university student who has not yet received a degree. An undergraduate degree (also called first degree, bachelor's degree or simply degree) is the academic degree awarded to an undergraduate student after completing their undergraduate courses. In the United States, it is usually offered at an institution of higher education, such as a college or university. This is also true in African countries.

The west African country, Liberia, currently has four public universities. Aside the main University of Liberia, UL, the Booker Washington Institute, Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law and the William V.S. Tubman University, complete the list.

Students had recently protested against fee hikes accusing the UL administration of unilaterally hiking fees. The students eventually had the audience of the president who promised to look into the issue.

It was at the same meeting that President Weah announced that he will visit the school, a promise he kept and during which he disclosed the good news. Many economic watchers are now waiting to see the costing mechanism and other fine details of the program.

Most African countries are grappling with implementing free education even at the basic level. Ghana started an ambitious free Senior High School system which continues to be faced with challenges. Sierra Leone is also in the process of implementing free primary education.

The former world footballer of the year won the presidency early this year after leading a coalition to defeat the then ruling party’s candidate, Joseph Boakai.

Reports indicate that the University of Liberia took in about half of the expected 20,000 students for the 2018/2019 semester with the main reason pegged on the fee hikes.

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