The Youth Wing of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has issued a statement reacting to the decision by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to defer 6,000 students over unpaid fees.
The youth wing in the statement described the issue as worrying development which has serious implications for the education of the affected students.
”By this release, we are appealing to all stakeholders to work together to ensure this is resolved. While we acknowledge the various reasons cited for this development, we also call on the management of the school to temper justice with mercy.”
To the school it said ”We also appeal to management to consider other amenable options in place of deferment. We encourage the school authorities to consider a special arrangement where students caught up in this situation will be offered lenient ways of settling their debt. This is to ensure their education is not jeopardized by their actions or inactions.
Under these harsh economic conditions visited upon us by this insensitive and clueless government led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo and Dr Mahamadu Bawumia, it is only fair that we ask management of the school to be highly considerate of the plight of these students.”
It slammed the Students Loan Trust Fund for failing to provide any relief to the struggling students.
”Surprisingly, the Student Loan Trust Fund, the agency mandated to offer soft loans for students for such situations has not offered any such relief to any student for the past 3 years. This development coupled with the rising cost of living has made the plight of these students even more precarious.”