News / Africa

Liberian University Faculty Demands Administrator’s Resignation

Map of Liberia, AfricaMap of Liberia, Africa
x
Map of Liberia, Africa
Map of Liberia, Africa
James Butty
The faculty of the University of Liberia has decided to stop teaching until Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Wede Elliott Brownell resigns.  

In a letter to the university’s president, Emmett Dennis, the faculty association said the school has experienced a drastic decline in academic standards since Brownell’s appointment.  

They also said inconsistencies in her reform policy have led to “unnecessary” student failures and overcrowded classrooms.

Dr. Brownell was not immediately available for comment. But Vice President for University Relations Momolu Getaweh said President Dennis has scheduled a meeting Thursday to discuss the lecturers’ demands.

Clifford Young, president of the University Faculty Association said Brownell does not have the relevant experience to be the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

“The faculty met on this 20th day of November AD 2013 to discuss matters relating to the backward trend the University of Liberia has taken based on the fact that, since the appointment of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Provost, Dr. Wede Elliott Brownell, the university has declined immensely.  She lacks the experience [and] the qualifications to head the Vice President for Academic Affairs position,” he said.

University students protested earlier this year demanding Brownell resign. They said her reform policies impacted negatively on student performance.

The students cited “inefficiency” in administering class schedules which they said has led to courses being scheduled on the same day and the same time during regular test and exam periods.

“Decisions relating to scheduling, decisions relating to ensuring that the university academic programs are properly planned are always controversial, which is now leading students into violent resistance that is disrupting academic activities at the university,” Young said.

Young said, as faculty members, the lecturers do not get involved in strike actions, but they can only “disengage” from activities they normally undertake.

Young said the lecturers are also demanding an increase in their salaries which, he said, was promised them by the university administration.

“We are also demanding that our salaries and incentives should be adjusted in an upward fashion, which was promised by the administration, and this they haven’t done,” Young said.

He said the university students support the lecturer’s decision.

“We’re saying here that the students are in approval of this action because they have even asked for her removal on several occasions.  Even the staff of the university was jubilating today,” Young said.

Young said despite President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s strong support of the university, there remains a huge disparity between lecturers’ salaries and the salaries of university administrators.
Butty interview with Young
Butty interview with Youngi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X

You May Like

UN: 1 Million Somalis at Risk of Hunger

Group warns region is in dire need of humanitarian aid, with at least 200,000 children under age of five acutely malnourished as drought hits southern, central part of nation More

Human Rights Groups Allege Supression of Freedoms in Thailand

Thailand’s military, police have suppressed release of independent report assessing human rights in kingdom during first 100 days of latest coup More

Jennifer Lawrence Contacts FBI After Nude Photos Hacked

'Silver Linings Playbook' actress' photos were posted on image-sharing forum 4chan; Federal Bureau of Investigations is looking into matter More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ukraine Schools Resume Classes, Donate to Government Forcesi
X
September 02, 2014 12:58 PM
A new school year has started in Ukraine but thousands of children in the war-torn east are unable to attend because of ongoing clashes with pro-Russia rebels. In Ukraine's capital, patriotic education has become the norm along with donations to support injured security forces fighting to take back rebel-held areas. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Ukraine Schools Resume Classes, Donate to Government Forces

A new school year has started in Ukraine but thousands of children in the war-torn east are unable to attend because of ongoing clashes with pro-Russia rebels. In Ukraine's capital, patriotic education has become the norm along with donations to support injured security forces fighting to take back rebel-held areas. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video US Detainees Want Negotiators for Freedom in North Korea

The three U.S. detainees held in North Korea were permitted to speak with foreign media Monday. The government of Kim Jong Un restricted the topics of the questions, and the interviews in Pyongyang were limited to five minutes. Each of the men asked Washington to send a representative to Pyongyang to secure his release. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti has our story.
Video

Video Internet, Technology Offer New Tools for Journalists

The Internet and rapidly evolving technology is quickly changing how people receive news and how journalists deliver it. There are now more ways to tell a story than ever before. One school in Los Angeles is teaching the next generation of journalists with the help of a state-of-the-art newsroom. Elizabeth Lee has this report.
Video

Video Turkmen From Amerli Describe Survival of IS Siege

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of Shi'ite Turkmen have fled the town of Amerli seeking refuge in the northern city of Kirkuk. Despite recent military gains after U.S. airstrikes that were coordinated with Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the situation remains dire for Amerli’s residents. Sebastian Meyer went to Kirkuk for VOA to speak to those who managed to escape.
Video

Video West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015

A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Jewish Ghetto

When the German Nazi army occupied the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.
Video

Video Cost to Raise Child in US Continues to Rise

The cost of raising a child in the United States continues to rise. In its latest annual report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says middle income families with a child born in 2013 can expect to spend more than $240,000 before that child turns 18. And sending that child to college more than doubles that amount. VOA’s Deborah Block visited with a couple with one child in Alexandria, Virginia, to learn if the report reflects their lifestyle.
Video

Video Chaotic Afghan Vote Recount Threatens Nation’s Future

Afghanistan’s troubled presidential election continues to be rocked by turmoil as an audit of the ballots drags on. The U.N. says the recount will not be completed before September 10. Observers say repeated disputes and delays are threatening the orderly transfer of power and could have dangerous consequences. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.

AppleAndroid