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The University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU) has condemned recent demonstrations by students at the Fendall and Capitol Hill campuses of the university. In a press statement issued Sunday at the Capitol Hill campus of the school, the president of ULSU, Jerome Bernard said ULSU is convinced that peace is a compelling ingredient for academic freedom, socio-economic and political development and that academic freedom and social justice is indispensable to peace.

However, Bernard lamented that the waves of protest and contestation in recent time on campuses of the university relative to the reopening of the registration process which led to the arrest of some of the students by officers of the Liberia National Police particularly in communities around the Fendall campus has drawn the attention of the student’s government.

The ULSU’s boss said the leadership condemns the violence related acts in all of its forms on any of the campuses of the university. ULSU has meanwhile called on individuals involved to desist from such ‘uncivil acts’ that often result to destructions of both public and private properties, physical injuries as well as the obstruction of free movement.

“The University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU) is calling on students involved to desist immediately and give chance to the student government as it has always done in handling the situation with the UL administration as quickly as possible,” he said.

ULSU is meanwhile calling on all students to remain peacefully law abiding, civil and students as ULSU continues its engagement with the administration of the university as she is doing and has routinely done to have the registration process reopen and avert the current unfolding on the campuses of the university.

“The student government is deeply aware of details and circumstances surrounding the current registration process on the university’s campuses and expressed ultimate empathy about the untold stress and unprecedented mistreatments our students are been subjected to by the UL administration,” ULSU’s statement reads. ULSU is therefore calling on all stakeholders in the country to ask the UL administration to allow the students complete their registration process.

The ULSU’s leadership has assured the students that the leadership would do everything humanly possible to have the registration process reopened. In a related development, the 98th graduating class of the University of Liberia says it is concerned and appalled by the latest move on the part of administration to ‘viciously’ increase graduation fees from US$285.00 to US$330.00 per graduate.

The 98th graduating class says it vehemently rejects this astronomical fee and demands immediate reduction. In a press statement signed by the secretary general of the class, Janga A. Zayzay and president Ernest Sandi, they lamented that in the midst of harsh prevailing economic realities coupled with skyrocketing unemployment, it is not only unjustifiable and inapt for administration to hike graduation fees during these tough times.

“It is inhumane and cruel especially when most graduating comrades are self-reliance and lack access to internship and job opportunities. What is even extremely disingenuous and unbelievably unacceptable is that the administration is requesting graduating students to pay an additional fee of US$25.00 for alumni package which increases the already opposed fees to US$330.00 to US$355.00,” the group said.
The class’ leadership said it considers this decision as a horrible plot and awful design to deprive thousands of students from graduating. “We say no to increment and we want to categorically state that there should be an extension based on the prevailing circumstances on campus. We all defeat this current plan by administration with a sense of unhindered audacity and collectivism. We are calling on the Board of Trustees and the University of Liberia administration to immediately intervene, otherwise, this situation may degenerate and impede activities of this year’s graduation,” the group concluded.

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