Tertiary Institutions charging academic fees more than 15% to be sanctioned – GTEC

Prof. Mohammed Salifu
Prof. Mohammed Salifu

Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) has cautioned Public Tertiary Institutions charging Academic Fees and Charges beyond 15% as approved by Parliament of Ghana.

The Director-General of Ghana Tertiary Education Commission Prof Mohammed Salifu said any tertiary institutions charging Academic Fees and Charges for the 2022/2023 Academic Year more than 15% are likely to be sanctioned by the Parliament of Ghana.

Prof. Mohammed Salifu in a statement dated 22nd December, 2022 with the heading “RE: APPROVAL OF FEES AND CHARGES FOR 2022/2023 ACADEMIC YEAR,” said the 15% upward adjustment of fees and charges in the 2021/2022 Academic Year which was approved by the Parliament of Ghana for Public Tertiary Education Institutions must strictly be adhered.

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According to GTEC, they have received  numerous petitions from students and other individuals about Universities allegedly charging fees in excess of the maximum 15% increase on the 2021/2022 fees.

“Since the release of the letter, the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission has received numerous petitions from students and other individuals about Universities allegedly charging fees far in excess of the maximum 15% increase on the 2021/2022 fees,” GTEC added.

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They also reminded all Public Tertiary Education Institutions on abiding by the given approval fees and charges by Parliament.

“This is to kindly remind all Public Tertiary Education Institutions to abide strictly by the approval given.”

On sanctions, GTEC said “Any increases above the approved rate shall be in direct contravention of the Fees and Charges (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2022 (Act 1080) and likely to attract sanctions from the Parliament of Ghana.”

Finally, GTEC advised the “management of the institutions to consider accepting a 50% part-payment of fees to enable the student register at the beginning of the year, with a specific payment plan agreed for the balance to be paid, based on individual circumstances.

“This is to provide flexible terms of payment and reduce fee-default rate amongst students with genuine financial challenges.”

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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