Lectures and administrative staff at the Limkokwing University of Sierra Leone downed tools on Monday, as they took to the streets in a peaceful protest over what they describe as late payment of monthly salaries, poor conditions of service and disparity in treatment amongst local and foreign staff by the university administration.
The university is Sierra Leone’s first and only foreign university with over one thousand students who pay a whopping tuition fee of US$ 3, 000, equivalents to the sum of twenty-five million Leones (Le, 25,000,000).
Over 30% of students attending the institution are on government scholarship.
Now there is a drift over payment of the said sum because the Ministry of Finance is claiming that the former minister of Education Science and Technology did not have approval for the disbursement of funds with regards the scholarship.
Against this backdrop, students on one hand are demanding their grades to proceed into the next level of their study and the lecturers on the other hand could not submit the grades until their backlog salaries are paid.
It is unclear whether or not the government is going to honor the payment of the said scholarship which seems to be covered at the moment in a snare and breach of procedures by the past administration.