The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has praised the opposition National Democratic Congress for announcing ‘progressive policies aimed at ensuring universal access to tertiary education’ in the country.
The Union has commended the NDC for heeding to the calls of students, particularly during this period of the coronavirus pandemic.
NUGS comments come following an announcement by the NDC that it will absorb in full the fees of all students who will be admitted to tertiary institutions in 2021.
Below is the statement from NUGS
NUGS COMMENDS THE NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS (NDC) FOR KYEMU P3 AND FA NINYINAA POLICY PROPOSALS.
The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) wishes to by this statement, commend the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for its updated tertiary education policy proposals announced in the morning of December 1, 2020 by its Flagbearer, former President John Mahama; i.e. the Kyemu P3 and Fa Ninyinaa policies, which will see a 50% absorption of fees for all continuing tertiary students and the full absorption of fees for all fresh tertiary students admitted from the 2020/21 academic year.
Indeed, the National Union of Ghana Students has since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, variously advocated for the absorption of fees for tertiary students to help mitigate the economic impact the pandemic has had on working families and students. It is therefore commendable on the part of the National Democratic Congress and its Flagbearer to heed to the calls by students of this country and announce such progressive policies aimed at ensuring universal access to tertiary education for all, even as the pandemic rages.
The Union has also taken note of the proposal to make tertiary education free for all students living with disabilities, and wishes to commend the NDC for the announcement of same. The Union is particularly happy that a clear funding source, (i.e. the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA) sourced from Ghana’s oil revenues), for these programmes, has been announced by the Flagbearer of the NDC. This, we believe provides enough clarity as to the source of funds for the implementation of these programmes.
The National Union of Ghana Students will hold the NDC and its Flagbearer accountable in the fulfilment of these policy propositions should they win the forthcoming elections; and will demand that they are implemented to the benefit and satisfaction of the good tertiary students of this country.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor | universnewsroom.com