The authorities of the University of Ghana (UG) and Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) have been given up to October 20 this year to undo the fee increment of prospective students for the 2020/2021 academic year,
A group calling itself Concerned Tertiary Students of GIJ (CTSG), announced the 14-day ultimatum for the Management of the two tertiary Institutions to reverse a decision of the fee increment in a statement dated October 6, 2020
An excerpt of the release said “With intense pressure from the administrative heads, students are poised and ready to, by any means necessary, seek redress and thus issue an ultimatum of fourteen days after which we will result in using other mechanisms to seek justice due to increasing number of students agitations”
According to the concerned group, the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) 5% rise in school fees and the Legon Management 12% increment would be inconsiderate in the midst of the outbreak of the global COVI-19 pandemic.
“A large number of students are on the verge of dropping out of school because of such an inconsiderate decision. The monetary commitment for the government in reducing school fees would not constitute a disadvantage to other beneficiaries of the coronavirus alleviation programme.”, it stated.
Meanwhile, the Student’s Representative Council (SRC) of the University of Ghana in a communique shared with Georgeweb.org has asked students to hold on with payment of the 2020/2021 academic fees until Akufo-Addo gives further directives on the resumption of tertiary Institutions.
The SRC furthered that consultations are ongoing with the university authorities and other relevant stakeholders to ensure certain demands are met, with regards to the increment of the academic fees amidst COVID-19.