A planned demonstration by some students of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), Ho, over management’s sudden decision of not taking care of costs involved in their vocational training during this semester’s break has been put on hold.
One of the leaders of the Coalition of Concerned UHAS students, who spoke on a plea of anonymity, indicated that the demonstration, which was scheduled to come off today Monday, was put on hold pending a response from school authorities.
The aggrieved students, mainly those in their third year, were planning to protest against school management over what they have described as unfair treatment.
According to them, although they have paid an amount of GHC 462.00, which was included in their tuition fees, for their clinicals, management, in what appears to be a surprise move, says the students will have to take care of their feeding and transportation during the programme..
“There was some new development with regards to an already existing one, in connection to our vocational training. We have paid for a service and there was a component binding on management.
What we were expecting management to do, like in previous years, was to provide us with the service, but three weeks into our vocational training and we received message from management that a part of the original agreement has been revoked.
In that, there are not going to provide with with feeding and transportation, and they have extended the one month period to a two month vocational training programme, the student said.
In an attempt to address the concerns of the students, school management, had an open forum with them on Friday, May 10, where the Vice Chancellor promised of a response.
At the forum with the students, school management had promised to hold a meeting and get a response back to the students by Tuesday.
That notwithstanding, the students insist on staging a peaceful march and to present an official petition to the Vice-Chancellor if their demands are not met.
“To embark on a peaceful demonstration, we wrote a letter to seek permission from the office of the Registrar and copied the Vice-Chancellor and last week, we had a meeting with management. So, even as we await for a response from Senior management, we also ever ready to embark on a peaceful demonstration.
In an interview with UniversNews, the student leader lamented over management’s disregard for them, although they were a major stakeholder in the matter.
He insisted that the students body should have been consulted by management before such a decision was taken.
We believe that University management has been unfair to us. Our SRC was not involved and there wasn’t any open forum or stakeholder meeting between management and students to discuss this new development.
The student also mentioned that he would have a meeting with the Police later today to agree on a new date for their protest.
“There will be a rescheduling. As a matter of fact, I will be in the Regional Police Commander’s office today to reschedule our protest”
UHAS students accuse authorities of charging unapproved fees
This is not the first time students of the Institution are accusing management of taking a decision without their input.
At the commencement of the first semester of the 2018/2019 academic year, some students of the University had accused authorities of charging unapproved fees.
According to the students, the governing council of the school has added new components to tuition fees and has also increased some charges of the fees without parliament’s approval.
Story by: Jeffrey Nyabor|universnewsroom.com