The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has expressed an intensed disappointment in the 8th Parliament of the Republic of Ghana for rejecting the motion for the suspension of the payment of admission fees for tertiary students in the 2020/21 academic year which was moved by the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Hon. Mahama Ayariga.
The Parliament on Thursday, January 28, 2021, through a voice vote, rejected a motion which was requesting President Akufo-Addo to absorb fees for tertiary students as part of the relief packages for Ghanaians occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a statement approved by the NUGS president, Issac Jay Hyde, the Parliamentarians should have considered the financial trauma that parents and guardians are going through due to the outbreak of the pandemic before passing judgment.
“In the midst of this deadly pandemic which has negatively affected almost every sector of the economy and making life unbearable for many Ghanaians and even the world at large, we expected that the motion could have gone through for students and parents to have some relief”, he added.
However, the union hopes that government should have at least if not all but absorb some percentage of the fees of students.
“We were also hoping that even if not all, at least, some percentage of a sort or certain components of the school fees could be absorbed by Government”, he stated.
The president has therefore decided to engage relevant stakeholders to see how best they can financially support students who are unable to make payment of fees.
“We at NUGS will however be engaging stakeholders such as the Students’ Loan Trust Fund (SLTF), Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND), Scholarship Secretariats, Ministry of Education, and any other relevant avenues to see how best they can find immediate financial assistance to the numerous students who are unable to afford the payment of fees”, he declared.
Issac Jay Hyde additionally assured the Students of Ghana that their welfare and interest shall always be prioritized by the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS).