Despite GoL’s Pledge of Salary Increment, UL Faculty Reportedly Lays Down Chalk

Despite GoL’s Pledge of Salary Increment, UL Faculty Reportedly Lays Down Chalk Featured

The Heritage has reliably learnt that the University of Liberia Faculty has laid down chalk, despite pledge by the Government of Liberia (GoL) for salary increment. 

According to credible information gathered by the Heritage, the President of the University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA), Dr. Edna Johnny, on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 pleaded with the UL Faculty members not to lay down their chalk, as doing so will affect the students who resumed classes two months ago following several weeks of disenchantment among faculty members.

“The ULFA President worked hard but it seems that she is against people who have other aims. This is becoming more political, because negotiation is the best solution and not protest, especially were some key deals have been sealed,” averred a UL source who spoke to this paper late yesterday evening on condition of anonymity.

The Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), Samuel D. Tweah, ,this paper also gathered, was at the UL campus yesterday and is said to given more weight to the signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Key elements of the MOU are reform pay scale to end disparity between higher paid UL administrators and PHD professors and other instructors.

Accordingly, this has been done, saving 800k from administration to apply to teachers.

However, the cost is $3.5m and the Government of Liberia (GoL) has agreed to find additional $2m beginning January of 2022.

Based on this latest development, a typical Master’s degree 5 years instructor will get $ 470 more.

Our source further divulged that that deal was sealed by Minister Tweah yesterday.

“Sealed also was payment of back pay from former UL President Dr. Weeks’ time. They say the UL administration owes them $850K. The Minister settled with them on $700k. The GoL has already processed 500k of that and is processing the other 200k to pay by Friday. These were their big demands and they were given this information yesterday but they still decided to lay down chalk. So it appears to be more political at this point,” our UL source averred.

Meanwhile, Minister Tweah has reportedly called for transparent  assessment of UL revenue and expenditure next Wednesday.

He said all revenue streams will be compared to expenditures.

The Minister is also said to have agreed to take over UL Payroll, something the faculty wants. He added that going forward, a certain fraction of free tuition payment will be assigned to solve issues affecting the faculty.


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