Over 1,000 Limkokwing Students Left Languishing in Sierra Leone
It appears the Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) led government’s bogus talks about developing the human capital are nothing but a complete farce as over one thousand (1,000) government –sponsored students at the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology are now left to be roaming about the streets of Sierra Leone.
It is now well over six months since the reopening of the 2019/2020 academic year, government sponsored students at the said university have still not been able to resume classes as a result of the failure on the part of the SLPP government to make payment to the university administration for the affected students.
In spite of all the efforts both from the affected students and the general public including civil society activists and the media, the SLPP led government which ‘prioritizes’ education in its manifesto, has deliberately refused to honor its commitment to the university administration which has now left the future of over one thousand Sierra Leonean students at the said university in shambles.
It could be recalled that the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology is a Malaysian based university which is an affiliate to Harvard University, was brought to Sierra Leone by the then All Peoples Congress (APC) led government.
Due to its international standards, the university’s tuition fees were not affordable to many Sierra Leonean students and the government therefore had to step in with fully-sponsored grant-in-aid in order to enable less-privileged Sierra Leoneans enroll in the university.
However, the coming of the SLPP in April 4th 2018 into governance seems to have changed everything as the government keeps reneging on making payment for students as a result of political reasons.
Quite recently, affected students at the university staged a protest as a way of registering their dissatisfaction but the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education faithfully promised to address their plights.
Sadly, it is almost two months since the ministry promised the students and nothing has been done to remedy this ugly situation.
Citizens are therefore calling on the Bio led government to address the situation of the Limkokwing students whose future is now left in limbo.
By Ibrahim Alusine Kamara
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