UL Faculty Continues “Disengagement” Action

By Jefferson D. Tweh

The nation’s highest institution of higher learning where thousands of Liberians and foreign friends go to acquire quality education, the University of Liberia (UL) classes have been empty without students on the main campus of the University, since Thursday, November 20, 2013.

Some of the UL students, who spoke to this paper, said their instructors are threatening to lay down chalk if the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Dr. Weade Elliotte Brownell fails to relinquish power.

According to the students, the act of instructors laying down their pieces of chalk will actually affect them because other students in other universities are having normal lectures.

The students are calling on the University of Liberia Faculty Association, Administration and Dr. Brownell to find a common ground to enable them get back to class because education is the key to success.

Recently, the University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) announced its disengagement with all the activities of the state run University on its campuses, demanding the resignation of Dr. Brownell.

According to ULFA, since the appointment of Dr. Brownell, the academic standard of the University of Liberia has declined immensely as evidenced by constant alteration to prepare schedules, re-visitation of the academic calendar, Mid-Term and final examinations ordered administered to students without 50% of the syllabus.

ULFA alleged that the Director of Testing and Evaluation Center has been unfairly and unjustifiably removed from office, through the manipulation of Dr. Brownell, on grounds that he allegedly refused to execute her mandate to reduce the number of persons that passed the entrance from 8,000 to 2,000 persons.