Students at Tamale Technical University boycotted lectures on Friday to protest a decision by the university’s management to increase school fees by 15% without informing the Student Representative Council.
The students argue that the increase is not justified given the challenges they face that have not been addressed.
The students gathered at the university’s administration to present their grievances to the management, while the majority leader of the student parliament argued that “the decision is invalid because it was taken without the Student Representative Council involvement”.
The university’s management, however, denied that the increase had been implemented and stated that it was only a proposal.
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The Director of Public Affairs, Osman Mubarik said “we discussed it at the academic board Thursday 9th March, 2022 and a resolution was made. We are still discussing it, we are not sure of the percentage we should increase it by.”
“Although we recognize that any fee increment may be unwelcome, we believe that it is justified based on our analysis. Many other schools in the south have increased their fees, and we think it’s necessary for us to follow suit.”