The Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG National) has rejected the 15% increment in university fees as approved by the Parliament of Ghana.
In a statement from the national secretariat of GRASAG, they expressed their displeasure about the decision to increase university fees by the Management of the Public Universities, which also affects postgraduate students.
The Association is displeased with this decision because it comes at the time when Ghanaians are experiencing the worst economic conditions.
“GRASAG members all over the country have been hit hard by the economic downturn, and an increase in university fees, we believe, will exacerbate the situation.”
According to the statement, GRASAG National leadership has received a lot of disturbing news from members on how this increment will negatively impact their finances.
GRASAG also added that “many also spoke on the possibility of them dropping out of school due to their inability to deal with the increment.”
“We are aware that provisional fees of some universities have already been released and students are expected to begin payments.”
“Some Universities have increased their fees above the 15% approved rate by the Parliament.”
“GRASAG is by this release calling on Government and Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) to halt the implementation of this increment indefinitely to allow for further engagements with all relevant stakeholders, including Student Unions.”
“The government should also ensure that all fees charged by universities are standardized in order to avoid the problem of individual university administrations unilaterally deciding on the margin of fee increment without recourse to the Parliament-approved fees.”