The suspension of courses at Tertiary Institutions, especially the Njala University College (NUC); which led to protest, has been resolved by President Ernest Koroma over the weekend. A press release from the Office of the President states that President Koroma has met with stakeholders including members of the Tertiary Education Committee (TEC), the Minister of Education, the Minister of Presidential Affairs, the Vice President and the Acting Vice Chancellor of Njala University and his team to settle the impasse.
The release disclosed that after intense deliberations, three resolutions were agreed upon; firstly, the TEC would continue its work for reviewing Tertiary Education unhindered and should submit a report within six months. Secondly, “all courses currently in the curricular of tertiary institutions should continue,” and thirdly, “students already enrolled for courses this academic year should be allowed to pursue them without any restrictions”. The release also states that “government wishes to reiterate its commitment to improving not only the quantity but also the quality of education in Sierra Leone,” adding that those who wish to seek redress can do so through peaceful means “as this government is open to negotiations and compromise in the interest of the welfare of the State”. Prior to the release, Student Union (SU) National Adviser, Adonis Aboud had a meeting with the President of Njala Student’s Union, Abubakarr Massaquoi, and advised them not to resort to violence, but to ensure that they explore all avenues to solve the matter amicably.“The future of this nation depends on you, violence must not be an option,” the adviser stressed. Explaining their contention, Massaquoi said that the reasons put forward for the suspension of the course; as understaffing and course structure does not suffice. He said that the courses went through the right channel of scrutiny before approval by the University Court.Massaquoi opined that the suspension of the courses has a “malicious agenda.”