Hon. Chernor Bah pleaded with the university authorities to revisit their stance on the full payment of tuition fees before students are allowed to register.
He noted that majority of the students rely on either their friends or relatives to pay their tuition fees for them because their parents cannot afford the one-off payment in full.
Hon. Chernor Bah called on the Speaker of Parliament to authorize for a stakeholders engagement to be held by the Chairman of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee on Tertiary Education.
The House Speaker, Rtd. Hon. Dr. Abass Bundu was quick to respond to the request, by asking the Chairman of the Committee, SLPP Member of Parliament from Bo district, Hon. A.O. Kamara to step up and summon a relevant stakeholders meeting in order to address the concern raised by Hon. Chernor Bah.
Some ruling and opposition party MPs have joined Hon. Chernor Bah to plead with the University authorities to allow students to pay their tuition fees in tranches or by installments. Hon. Chernor Bah said he spoke not as a politician but as a family man himself.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the University of Sierra Leone told the Global Times last night that the Government had given directives that tuition fees should not be increased and the University Management strictly abides by that directive.