Looking Into the TU’s plight
The William V. S. Tubman University (TU) formerly Tubman College of Technology in Harper, Maryland county is said to be experiencing some problems relative to the operation of its generators and buses. As a result, the campus for the past few days have been in darkness and that students who have been benefitting from the use of the buses are now walking to school.
According to sources, the situation on the campus, especially the absence of electricity, is causing many of its staffers, many of whom are foreign nationals to be despondent, as they are very ‘apprehensive’ of the present situation, and that there is a likelihood that this may lead to the departure of some of them because of such uncongenial condition on the campus.
A faculty member that spoke to this paper said that there is a need for government to look into the budget of the school to help solve problems facing the school. The faculty member expressed fear that if nothing is done, this would seriously affect the operation of the school.
The president of the University, Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, confirmed the situation on the campus, but said that efforts are being made to find a solution to them. She attributed this to the lack of spare parts. “It is not easy to find spare parts; the parts are not easily accessible,” she added.
Also speaking to this paper, the vice president for Institutional Advancement, Rev. Rita Townsend described the situation as “unfortunate.” She cited the absence of spare parts and skilled manpower as some of the things responsible for the current ugly situation, adding, “The spare parts are not readily available as they are in Monrovia; they are just not here; not available here.”
She said the institution needs more support to cope with the growing number of students and needs to keep it operational in fulfilling its objective and goal. She said enrollment has jumped from 287 to about 1000 students, including those in its “access to college” program.
Like some of the faculty and administration, we are equally concerned about what is obtaining at that high institution of learning, especially so when it is scheduled in few months to hold its first graduation ceremony since it was elevated to university status in the 1990’s by the National Commission on Higher Education.
We feel that these problems facing the university, if urgent attention is not given, would hamper the learning atmosphere at the institution. Moreover, this could also lead to the departure of many of its staffs from foreign countries. Today, the country is blessed to have such many foreign staff at this university; therefore, everything should be done to encourage them.
As the institution grows in terms of enrollment, this should be marched with the necessary support, regarding its facilities. Today, enrollment has swollen from about three hundred students to about one thousand students. Obviously, this means that this increase in student enrollment must concomitantly be in line with support.
Although, the president of the university responded diplomatically on the issue of the school’s budget, from our investigation, there is a need for more support to the university. The government should review the budget of the university to see realistically whether it is adequate to ensure the unimpeded and smooth running of the institution.
“TU,” as it is referred to for short, has a crucial role to play in the nation’s reconstruction and manpower development programs, therefore, it must be adequately supported. As we have always said, on such matter, “the sooner, the better.”