By Victoria Saffa
The student population at Fourah Bay College (FBC) has increased from 500 to 6,000 even though the premier higher learning institution in the country still has the same facilities, according to Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University Of Sierra Leone (USL), Professor Ekundayo Thompson.
He was speaking last week during a one-day discussion forum themed “effective participation of students in managing change”. The forum was hosted at the Adjai Crowther Amphitheatre as part of interactive sessions between the administration and students to provide an opportunity for sharing information and exchange of ideas to transform the university.
The forum was attended by the Vice Chancellor and Principal of USL, Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal of FBC, Professor S.P.T. Gbamanja, members of the academic staff of the university and students.
In his statement, Professor Thompson called on students to pay their fees as the money would be used for infrastructure development of the university. He said the university needs funds because government has moved away from providing fees subsidy.
He added that students who fail to pay their tuition fees and register for the second semester will not be allowed to take their examination, adding that under his tenure the rule of law must prevail and everybody must comply with the laws of the university.
The Vice Chancellor and Principal also encouraged students to study very hard for excellence by scooping first class degrees, not third class degrees.
“My administration will not tolerate any act of fraudulent behaviour, no act of corruption and no examination malpractices. If we found out any students with false certificate to enter into the university, he will not have his degree,” he cautioned.
He maintained that Sierra Leonean students have excelled in a number of fields of study, adding that though there are challenges to development in the university, yet they are working assiduously to address those challenges through students’ participation as they are interested in the future of students.