one-time discount on the 15% fee increment for some students for the upcoming academic year.
According to Professor Ransford Gyampo, a member of the University’s Communication Team, the criticisms against the discount are unwarranted because the University gave the discount on humanitarian grounds and not out of obligation.
The discount was approved after an impasse between the University’s management, student leaders, the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), and the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) over the 15% increase in fees.
The discount is applicable to full fee-paying programmes, programmes at the Accra City Campus, and distance education programmes.
In an interview with Eyewitness News, Professor Ransford Gyampo explained the reason behind the approval of the 2% discount. He stated, “We appeared before the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education and during the meeting, which was attended by the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), GTEC, UG Management and the Committee, it was agreed that the University had not charged any illegal fees, but there was a need to reduce the fees for the students, particularly for those who pay fees. Hence, the University’s decision to offer a discount to the students was a kind gesture and not an obligation.”
Professor Ransford Gyampo stated, “The University had the freedom to utilize this gesture in the most beneficial way possible for the students. These students are paying higher fees than regular students, and therefore, Management and Council decided to grant the discount to the fee-paying students.”