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Bong College Resumes Classes After Student Protest
By Philip T. Singbah, LINA Bong County Correspondent

GBARNGA, January 16 (LINA) - The administration of the Bong County Technical College (BCTC) has announced the resumption of classes following a student protest that paralyzed academic activities.

Last week, students at the BCTC staged series of protests in demand of the completion of the college’s construction, appointment of a president for the college, establishment of laboratory and library facilities and reduction of registration and tuition fees.

The students also want the administration to seek accreditation from the Liberia Board of Nursing and Midwifery and the Medical and Dental Council to run the Department of Nursing, improvement of the curriculum and additional lecturers for the school.

The students Friday presented a petition to the Liberia National Student Union and the Commission on Higher Education seeking their involvement in working with other stakeholders to improve the state of affairs at the college.

On the same Friday, the Board of Trustees of the College met in Gbarnga and appealed to the students to return to classes.

The Chairperson of the Board, Dr. Walter Wiles and the Director General of the Commission on Higher Education, Dr. Michael Slawon, assured the students that all will be done to address their concerns.

Dr. Wiles, however, attributed the delay in the establishment of a science laboratory at the BCTC to the slow pace of construction work on the college’s facility and said arrangement has been finalized with the C.B Dunbar Hospital and the Central Agriculture Research Institute to partner with the college in
strengthening the Departments of Agriculture and Nursing.

Dr. Wiles said until the needed structures are put in place to strengthen the Department of Nursing, it would be difficult for the Liberia Board of Nursing and the Medical and Dental Council to accredit the program.

Meanwhile, the Vice chair of the BCTC Interim Student Management Council, Thomas Kertor, is calling on his colleagues to disengage from the protest and return to school.

Kertor said the student leadership will continue to constructively engage the administration and other stakeholders to ensure that their plights are addressed, and encouraged the students to remain calm.

He clarified that the recent protest has no political undertone as is being perceived by some individuals, but rather intended to improve the learning environment for BCTC students.


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