A radical revolutionary nonpartisan movement in Ghana known as the Economic Fighters League has thrown its weight behind protesters of school fees increment in some tertiary schools in the country.
A cross-section of Ghanaian students has been agitating after some tertiary institutions including the University of Ghana and the Ghana Institute of Journalism recently announced an increment of academic fees by 12.5 percent and 5 percent respectively.
Adding their voice to that of the students, the Students Command of the Economic Fighters League, in a statement signed by the Head of the Command, Arimiyaw Wusama, expressed its unconditional support for the ‘Fees Must Fall’ agenda which is currently being championed by the Concerned Tertiary Students of Ghana.
According to the group, the increase in fees is a hefty blow to most citizens especially in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It has therefore called on the government to increase infrastructure and funding to tertiary institutions in order to take the burden off the shoulders of students.
Earlier, the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) and the Ghana National Union of Technical Students (GNUTS) also petitioned President Nana Akufo-Addo for a 50% reduction in residential and academic fees for the 2020/2021 academic year.
According to the Unions, their demand is premised on UNESCO’s earlier ‘calls on governments to remove financial barriers that pose an obstacle to the re-enrollment of students at all levels which include Tertiary level fees’.
In a press release dated August 28, 2020, the Unions highlighted that “COVID-19 has affected many households thereby limiting their ability to raise adequate income to make ends meet”.
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Story by: Kelly Adjetey Boye | universnewsroom.com