The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, has entreated parliament to approve the revised school fees for public universities.
Speaking at the 2018 University Of Ghana Alumni Lecture, the Vice Chancellor said the university was facing challenges with regards to funding due to the inability of parliament to pass the approved revised school fees for tertiary institutions.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to Parliament to do something about the fees. This is important for us. We have to ask how we are managing our tertiary institutions. As we speak University of Ghana has a budget deficit of GHc30 million. So we will appeal to you, Mr. Speaker, to use your good offices to speed up the approval of fees for tertiary institutions,” Prof. Oduro Owusu appealed.
The Fees and Charges Act 2009 (Act 793), which was amended by a legislative instrument (LI2228), 2016 seeks to safeguard the public against arbitrary and haphazard charges and levying of students by universities.
In 2017, the University Students Association of Ghana (USAG) called on all students of public tertiary institutions not to pay their recently increased fees for the 2017/2018 academic year until Parliament approves the increase.
President of USAG Emmanuel Kwarteng Frimpong said, “Until Parliament goes through the fees, gives the breakdown and approves for students, we should withhold payment, just in fulfillment of the constitutional provisions (Fees and Charges Act 793).’’