By Blamo N. Toe
Aggrieved students of the William V. S. Tubman University have threatened a total shutdown of all public ministries and agencies if the Liberian government fails to reopen the university.
Our reporter said early Wednesday morning, hundreds of students at the government’s tertiary learning institution staged a protest action in demand of the reopening of the institution by the Liberian government.
The spokesperson of the aggrieved students, Augustine Sokan intoned that the university has turned more political than being a professional educational entity.
He said this is sadly damaging the image, killing the vision and mission and dragging the entire tertiary institution in the mud, while thousands of Liberians suffer the consequences.
Mr. Sokan stressed that Tubman University is no longer the center of quality education to transform the society as it was some years back, adding that amid these happenings, the national government is yet to act in the interest of the citizens or the students.
“We are calling on the national government to hear our plights and settle the issues confronting the university speedily to allow us continue our academic sojourn. We cannot be ill-treated in our own country like we are foreigners; this is totally unacceptable,” he averred.
The aggrieved students stressed that in the shortest time if the government does not adhere to their demand, they will close both public offices and learning institutions in Harper and Pleebo, Maryland County.
Meanwhile, responding to the aggrieved students, the Assistant Superintendent for Development of Maryland County Rubin Scott termed the situation as a major concern to the local and national governments.
He told the students that the Liberian government is exerting a frantic effort to properly resolve the prevailing challenge and have every student back in school to continue all learning activities.
Mr. Scott also disclosed that due to the importance attached to the matter, a team of delegation has already arrived in Monrovia from the county to engage with national stakeholders to highlight all factors affecting the university.
It can be recalled in 2021; several aggrieved students of the William V. S. Tubman University, in a similar situation, closed down all kindergarten, elementary, junior and senior high schools as well as all government offices in Maryland County.
Following that drastic action, the university was immediately reopened and students returned to normal learning activities in the county.