UGSRC President, Isaac Agyemang, has added his voice to the several calls on government to review and reduce the Communication Service Tax (CST).
He says his outfit is working closely with the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) to plead with government to reduce the Communication Service Tax (CST).
As most people work and perform their basic necessities from home due to the Coronavirus, Mr Agyemang is assured that the reduction of the CST will bring data relief to the citizenry and also favor students of the University of Ghana in their online learning.
“We will collaborate with relevant entities, thus NUGS, so that as one unit we will move ahead and talk to them. As it stands now, the position of the SRC is that, the CST should be reviewed. I will call and make a plea to government, that this is the time to come in to make data more flexible to the citizenry by engaging with the telecommunication companies and to a large extent, students of University of Ghana can reap enormous benefits from their data purchases and e-learning as well,” he said.
He further added that, final year students undertaking long essays and projects should exercise restraint as the SRC works closely with the various departments to roll out platforms to help them carry out their academic activities to facilitate their successful graduation.
“As it stands now the departments have engaged to roll out a system. It is within the mandate of the department which of course we are working closely with them to know how possible and how remotely students who are taking long essay can fully benefit, because it is also part of their mode of assessment and is something they are obliged to do to fully graduate,” he stated.
In a related development, the University Students’ Association of Ghana (USAG) has implored the government to reduce the Communication Service Tax (CST) by 50% and to zero-rate all educational websites to facilitate effective student e-learning experience.
Former President John Mahama has also urged the government to consider a temporary halt of the Communication Service Tax (CST) in order to grant some relief to data users across the country.
Story by: Amengor-Kwapong Angela | universnewsroom.com