The Administration of the United Methodist University UMU) is taken aback by recent news reports highlighting over crowdedness in the class rooms of the university instead focusing on the many efforts being made by the university to provide a conducive learning environment and improve the learning experience for the over 4,000 students currently enroll in its various enriching and robust academic disciplines.
Recently, it was reported in a local daily, Frontpage Africa, quoting students under the cover of anonymity that the UMU is overcrowded and lack adequate facilities to improve their learning skills. But the UMU Administration cannot fathom reasons that the local daily report did not mention any specific student spokesperson as expected of any professional journalistic practice and rather based its entire report on the anonymity of students apparently to justify its reports.
However, the UIvITJ Administration wants to categorically deny and refute the local daily reports generalizing over crowdedness at the university and reiterate that its classes are not over crowded as stated recently by its Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Evelyn Kandakai, in an interview with the media.
The Administration noted that while it is cognizant of infrastructural challenges on its main campus in Monrovia like many other academic institutions in Liberia, it is also developing strategic actions and working in partnership with the student leadership of UMTJ to resolve these challenges and provide a learning environment that respect the rights of our students to education without compromising the quality of our educational standards, which continue to attract a high enrollment into the UMU.
The Administration disclosed that its strategic actions include the adoption of a policy that limit the class sizes to no more than 50 students, the relocation of the main campus to its future site of over 50 acres of land located on the Roberstfleld Highway, the creation of a Digital Learning Center aims to bring critical computer technology —based learning to improve the math skills of its students through digital learning resources and the implementation of recent pilot student evaluation of its teaching faculty to ensure accountability in its classrooms.