Aggrieved Students Protest over Week-long Closure of Tubman University, threaten disobedience …

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Monrovia, Liberia-Students at Government-run Tubman University have raised concern over the alleged closure of the institution.

Tubman University is the Government of Liberia second owned and operated tertiary institution situated in Harper City, Maryland-South East of the Country.

The protesting students said the administration was coerced to shut down the operations of the institution on August 20 due to the refusal of teaching staffs to go to class for several reasons.

The staffs under the banner “concerned employees of Tubman University” inclusive of professors, office staffs amongst others commenced an indefinite strike action on August 20, due to alleged salary cut through the government of Liberia’s “Salary Harmonization Scheme”.

According to the students, the workers are also demanding full payment of salaries of July and August including the restitution of previous deduction made on their salaries with immediate effect.

Reading a petition on behalf of his colleagues, the President of Tubman University Student Government, John Tarr said the action of the employees to shut-down the learning house is due to the “unjustifiable inability of government to fully shoulder its undeniable responsibility”.

Student Tarr informed Legislative Reporters that the government has displayed gross incompetence and irresponsibility; describing said action as an abuse of their constitutional right to education.

He called for the swift intervention of National government for the reopening of the University or face “massive disobedience”.

“We are giving the government of Liberia a 96-hour ultimatum to act accordingly. Failure to do so, we will have no other alternative but to massively assemble and move in an uninterrupted path of disobedience”, says student Tarr.

Well, receiving the petition, House of Representatives Chair on claims and petitions Representative Rustonlyn Suacoco Dennis promised to work with her colleagues specifically the budget committee to up-mend the envelope of Tubman University.

Representative Dennis who described the situation as “regrettable” said, molding the minds of the young people should be the priority of any government.