The University of Ghana Student’s Representative Council (SRC), has stated that management of the University is yet to conclude on the fees schedule for the 2019/2020 academic
According to SRC Treasurer, Philomena Sarbah Andam, currently there is a back and forth ongoing discussion between government and university management on the percentage of increment to be effected.
Speaking exclusively to UniversNews, Miss Andam said that information gathered by her outfit suggested that management of the University had requested for a 10% increment of the 2017/2018 proposed school fees, while the Technical Review Committee of Parliament are bent on a 5% increment of the 2016/2017 academic year – a situation which has stalled negotiations.
“As it stands now, University Management is not getting any feedback or a report from government and so once management doesn’t have a report from the Technical Review Committee, the SRC also doesn’t have a report on that, its prudent that the students know something about the school fees in general but so far, that is what the SRC has got.”
She further mentioned that the Finance Director of the University has said that the school is “in debt and will be in crisis” if matters are not resolved quickly.
Commenting on the SRC’s position on the proposed percentage increment, Miss Adam explained that the SRC is looking at arriving at an option that will inure to the benefit of all students.
On that score, she revealed that the SRC backs government’s position; that is a 5%-10% increment on the 2016/2017 academic year’s fees and not the University Management’s call for an increment of the 2017/2018 academic year fees.
“The SRC is also looking at something that would benefit the students, we are not able to give you specifics, but then it should be between 10% on the 2016/2017 school fees not 5% on the 2017/2018 school fees that was proposed”she said.
In 2017, some students of the University of Ghana petitioned the Speaker of Parliament, Prof. Mike Oquaye to intervene in what they describe as an ‘exorbitant’ increase in the proposed 2017/2018 academic and residential facility user fees of students.
Following the agitations by students, Parliament later directed university management not to effect the the proposed fees and thus students were made to pay the 2016/ 2017 academic fees for the 207/2018 academic year.
Management of the University have expressed their readiness to upwardly review academic fees, but following the 2016 amendment of the Fees and Charges Act 2009 (Act 793), they would have to seek for parliamentary approval for fees and levies they intend to charge before sending them out to students.
University authorities say the delay by Parliament to approve the 2018/2019 academic fees proposal have left them financially-burdened.
At the University of Ghana, fees have been static for about three academic years.
Story by: Kojo Antwi and David Quaye|universnewsroom.com