The Grand Bassa University Student Union (GBUSU) has called for the dissolution of the county’s Education Foundation.
The Education Foundation of Bassa was recently established to supervise all scholarship schemes and other education matters outside of national arrangements.
The new establishment now brings to an end the management of financial aids and scholarships to students by GBUSU.
GBUSU, the umbrella organization of university students in the county said the aim of the body is to ensure the re-election of some lawmakers in pending 2017 elections, accusing the legislative caucus of single-handedly creating the foundation and appointing its leadership.
According to the student group, the appointment of Moses Saywaye as head of the foundation was done without consultation with GBUSU and other student and civil society organizations.
The Group accused Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence of orchestrating the plan.
Addressing a major news conference in Monrovia at the weekend, GBUSU’s President Aristole Quia, claimed that the appointment was a pay back to Mr. Saywaye for campaigning for the senator during the 2013 by-election which paved her way to the National Legislature.
GBUSU has also said the Bassa student community was never consulted during the entire process that led to the establishment of the Education Foundation.
Over seven hundred students under the Grand Bassa University Student Union are said to be out of school due the lack of tuition.
According to Bassa student group, the nearly one million that Arcelor Mittal provides annually as social development fund is not benefiting the student community.
In response to the student group’s claims, the Chairperson of the Grand Bassa County Legislative Caucus, Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence, said the establishment of the Education Foundation will better serve the interest of the student community.
Senator Karnga-Lawrence said the work of the foundation will go beyond scholarships and financial aid.
‘There was a meeting with president Sirleaf and other counties that are benefiting from the Social Development Fund. At that meeting, the issue of scholarship was highlighted; that most counties are giving the funds to students with no program, system or organization. So we decided to do it differently to benefit GBUSU and every student of the county’, Senator Kangar-Lawrence noted.
‘The County Council decided at the county sitting that a scholarship foundation be established and known as the Grand Bassa Education Foundation which will independently manage allotment from the Social Development Funds and all other financial aid intended for education but will be supervised by the County Legislative Caucus and audited annually’ she furthered.
The Grand Bassa Senator further clarified that the county’s leadership has apportioned One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars from the county’s scrap account with the aim to pay tuitions for the students.
Senator Lawrence said GBUSU has not up to date made any financial report to the leadership of the county as to the expenditure of the money it received.