Taking notice of the recent issues regarding the 2022/2023 academic year fees, the leadership of the SRC, GRASAG and Local NUGS of the University of Cape Coast has made a publication to address the issues.
The statement which was signed by the SRC President – Latif Lawrence Jorhowie, the GRASAG President – Adam Achire and Moses Acquah – the Local NUGS President made some 9 explicit points on the fees and the way forward for the next academic year.
Some of these points are:
1. We can confirm to you that in March 2022, the Residence Committee proposed, for the University Council’s consideration, an upward adjustment of the school fees for the 2022/2023 academic year.
2. We can confirm to you that in April 2022, the Finance Committee recommended the proposed increase in students’ fees for consideration by the University Council at its 112th Regular Meeting.
3. The proposed fees for the 2022/2023 academic year was that apart from the ICT User Fee which was increased by a lump sum from GH¢96 to GH¢280, all other components of the fees increased by 15% of last academic year fees.
4. The University Council in April 2022, approved this fee increment proposal and thereafter submitted same to Parliament through the Ghana Tertiary Education Council (GTEC) for final approval.
5. However, as at now, there exist no documentary evidence of the approval of Parliament before the proposed fees can take effect.
6. In meetings with University Management followed by a written letter, we have indicated that without any documentary evidence of Parliamentary approval, the University should charge the previous academic year fees until such a time that Parliament approves the proposed fees.
7. The understanding therefore is that until government through parliament approves the new fees, the old school fees should be uploaded into students portal instead of the yet to be approved fees.
8. We therefore write to inform all students that despite the fact that the new fees (yet to be approved by Parliament) have been uploaded in some students portals, students should go ahead and pay the PREVIOUS academic year’s fees pending any subsequent parliamentary approval. We have already discussed this with management.
9. What it means is that if at any time government through parliament chooses to approve the new fees, students would have to pay the difference.
The student leadership ended their write up by indicating how committed they are to championing the interest of their students as they are all in the system together.