Phebe, Esther Bacon Nursing Schools to Become Degree-Granting University in Liberia

(Gbarnga, Bong County) – The Dean of the Phebe Esther Bacon College of Health Sciences of the Lutheran University of Liberia (LUL), Humphrey Gbbs Loweal has revealed that the institution has been elevated from granting an Associate of Arts (AA) degree to a full-fledged Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberia.

He said the Lutheran University in Liberia stands as a beacon of education, faith, and service in the heart of the nation.

It offers a unique educational experience where the Lutheran ethos is woven into the academic fabric.

Through a diverse range of programs, students at this institution engage in rigorous academic pursuits, drawing on a foundation of Lutheran values to promote a holistic approach to learning and personal growth.

With a commitment to the development of the whole individual, this university empowers students to excel academically, ethically, and spiritually, fostering a deep sense of community and an understanding of social responsibility..

The Dean of the Phebe Esther Bacon College of Health Sciences said the Lutheran Church of Liberia recently received accreditation from the National Commission on Higher Education to run a full-fledged Lutheran University of Liberia.

He further noted the Lutheran University of Liberia (LUL) has three campuses which include the Phebe Esther Bacon College of Health Sciences in Suakoko District#5, Bong County, the Esther Bacon School of Nursing and Midwifery in Zorzor, Lofa County, and the College of Theology in Totota, Lower Bong County, central Liberia.

The Lutheran University of Liberia is the first university operated by the Lutheran Church of Liberia since its establishment in 1860.

Moreover, Mr. Loweal said the Lutheran University of Liberia offers or provides bachelor’s degrees in nursing, midwifery, medical laboratory, education, pharmacy, Theology among others.

He said the University will offer bachelor’s degrees in nursing, midwifery, medical laboratory, and pharmacy at its Suakoko and Zorzor campuses, while at its Totota campus will offer bachelor’s degrees in theology and Education.

The Lutheran Church of Liberia has been providing associate of arts (AA) degrees in the area of health sciences at Phebe, Bong County, and Zorzor, Lofa County.

According to Mr. Loweal, the purpose of the university is to add value to the educational system of the country through the provision of quality education in Liberia and West Africa at large.

“Lutheran Church of Liberia is a recognized international body of Christ around the globe and the decision to establish a full-fledged University was reached during one of its National Annual Conventions in 2017 in Liberia, on grounds that graduates from the nursing schools have been excellently performing in the Liberia Nursing Board of midwifery test them some of the students who graduate from other University with bachelor degrees. Based on that the leaders of the church see it as a front to schools to still be offering Associate Arts degree, so they decided that school should be elevated to University,” he added.

Additionally, he said graduates who work in several facilities in different parts of Liberia are highly praised because of the nursing and Midwifery skills they possess which they acquired from the Esther Bacon of Nursing and Midwifery.

Phebe Esther Bacon College of Health Sciences and Esther Bacon School of Nursing and Midwifery have graduated thousands of Professional nurses and midwives who are working in several facilities in different parts of Liberia and the world, contributing positively to the upliftment of the healthcare system of Liberia.

Meanwhile, the Dean of the Phebe-Ester Bacon College of Health Science at the Liberia Lutheran University (LUL) is appealing to the government of President Joseph N. Boakai to channel its subsidies through the institution’s main account instead of the Phebe Hospital account.

Mr. Humphrey Gibbs Loweal, said the College has been receiving subsidies from the National Government through Phebe Hospital, thus calling for reconsideration of such a decision.

“I am calling on the National Government to see a reason to send the school subsidies directly to the school’s account. If it is done so, it will enable us to settle our staff salaries and improve on other programs at the school,” Mr. Loweal said.

He believes if the institution’s supports are channeled to its account, it would enable the administration to adequately settle its lecturers’ salaries, and further increase lectures at the Lutheran-run University.

Amongst other things, the Phebe-Ester Bacon College of Health Sciences Dean further assured proper monitoring and evaluation coupled with the improvement of programs at the University if the government’s subsidies are directly channeled through the institution’s main account.

“Even though l am not saying that our subsidies being channeled through Phebe Hospital is not properly monitored, if it passes through our main account, we will have proper monitoring of it and know how to settle our staff salaries,” He added.

Mr Loweal told journalists that past governments have only been focused on settling salaries of lectures at the institution through Phebe Hospital, something he believes should be increased by adding other logistical supports by the National government, especially the Boakai-Kung’s administration.

Meanwhile, Mr Loweal is also appealing to the government of President Boakai to find a reason to increase the salaries of professional lecturers at the College.

According to him, the Salary Harmonization and Restructuring exercise by the Weah-Talyor government, drastically reduced professional lectures of the College salaries to the level of Classroom teachers, an adjustment he is calling on the Central government to reconsider increment.

“The government also needs to reconsider its decision to distinguish professional teachers’ salaries from Classroom teachers’ salaries, because since the Salary harmonization by the past government, our professional teachers’s salaries were reduced to the level of classroom teachers,” The Phebe-Esther Bacon College of Health Sciences Dean noted.

The Lutheran Church of Liberia has been providing solutions to issues confronting the wellbeing of the Liberian society. The church has been into education, farming, church planting, and health care services, among others, since its establishment in 1860.

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