-Over President Weah’s Tuition Free Pronouncement
By Jackson C. Clay, Jr.
The plenary of the Liberian Senate has mandated its committee on Ways, Means, Finance and Budget and Education to query the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel Tweah, Minister of Education, Ansu Sonii and the President of the University of Liberia, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weekes over the pronouncement of tuition free at the University of Liberia and all other public colleges and universities in the country by President George Weah.
The plenary of the Senate which is the highest decision-making body of the Liberian Senate took the decision Thursday, January 24, 2019 during its regular session on Capitol Hill.
The body’s action was as a result of a communication filed by one of its members, Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence craving the indulgence of the full plenary to invite the three government officials to bring to the Senate up to speed regarding President Weah’s pronouncement.
According to Senator Lawrence’s communication, her decision to write the plenary regarding such matter was triggered by what she considers to be absence of funds within the country’s budget to support the Liberian leader’s “tuition Free” policy.
“Giving the fact that there is no provision in the national budget to support the President’s “free tuition” policy, I am kindly seeking the indulgence of plenary to invite the Ministers of Finance and Development Planning, Education and the President of the University of Liberia to present a free education plan and explain to us the sustainability strategy for this “free tuition’ program,” Senator Lawrence’s communication noted.
It can be recalled some few months back in 2018, when President Weah paid a visit to the University of Liberia Capitol Hill campus, he openly declared a tuition free at the university and all other public colleges and universities across the country, a policy which has since kick-started at the UL and other colleges across the country.
Meanwhile, the committees are expected to peruse the Grand Bassa County Senator’s communication and report back to full plenary for further action on the communication.