About 1000 students that are on Government scholarship pursuing professional Diploma and Degree courses have appealed to President Julius Maada Bio consider their plight as for over one year now, they are not attending classes. This appeal was made in a Press Release dated 24th October, signed by ‘Concerned Government Sponsored Students.’
The letter reads that “we the Government Sponsored Students of the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Sierra Leone Campus draw the attention of His Excellency, Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio and the Government of Sierra Leone to the prolonged holiday caused by the long overdue and stagnated impasse between the Government of Sierra Leone and the Limkokwing University authorities.”
“This has to some extent caused the complete breakdown and a halt in classes for over 1000 students that are on Government scholarship pursuing professional Diploma and Degree courses for over One year and three months without attending classes.”
It was further stated that they are “perturbed and seriously frustrated over the snail pace at which their problem is being handled by the Government” that they say is supposed to ensure their right to education is solidly guaranteed and protected as enshrined in the 1991 constitution. They say the government was instead treating the matter with levity and abandoning them as if they are not “sons and daughters of the nation.”
The concerned students say what saddens them most is the fact that the majority of their colleagues in other universities and colleges had since graduated causing incessant mockery and name-calling to their embarrassment.
They lamented that sadly, due to such an endless impasse, halt in classes and mockery, a handful number of their compatriots have given up the ghost, some have been psychologically frustrated and traumatized.
“As for the ladies, some have given birth to babies, with others still pregnant, not to talk of the lucrative opportunities they have lost,” they say. The aggrieved students pointed out that for some of their colleagues from the provinces they are in the city languishing and succumbing to all sorts of oddities.
They are now appealing to His Excellency Rtd. Brigadier Julius Maada Bio to swiftly intervene and ameliorate their persistent problem for them to continue with their studies.
They drew the attention of His Excellency that in as much as they were craving his indulgence, they also wanted to make it equivocally clear that they are Sierra Leoneans with huge prospects ready to give back to society upon completing their various courses.
“His Excellency, you being a lover of education and a passionate and compassionate leader that knows the worth of education more so you’ve over and over reiterated that without education you wouldn’t have been a President of this great nation, we strongly agree with you and also agree with the Government’s national agenda to ensure every child in Sierra Leone has access to quality education, irrespective of one’s background.”
“On that note, we are pleading to you and your government to please resolve our problem so that we can graduate and serve this nation.”
The release also called on all Sierra Leoneans, including the Civil Society and the Media; and our moral guarantors, International Community to join them in appealing to the Government of Sierra Leone to see reasons and pay their fees. “We have endured a lot,” they concluded.