The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has revealed that the increase of school fees beyond the threshold of 15 percent will lead to a 7 percent reduction in the student population in our public tertiary institutions.
The Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) directed tertiary institutions to increase their fees by 15%, but NUGS has accused some of the tertiary institutions of increasing fees by more than 50%.
General Secretary of NUGS Ransford Tege speaking on the matter, alleged that the University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Cape Coast, and other tertiary institutions increased the fees beyond 15 percent.
He warned that ”in some few years to come, tertiary education would be for only the wealthy. The economy is in crisis, Ghanaians are struggling and so how would people pay the new fees? Those who are paying their fees without any support would struggle. From our research, 7 percent of students will drop out of school following the outrageous increment in fees”.
Ransford Tege noted that despite meeting with President Akufo-Addo to rescind any decision to increase school fees, their plea was not taken and after the 15 percent was announced, some of the schools have used their discretion to increase the fees beyond the 15 percent.
NUGS he revealed would embark on several protests until the 15 percent approved is charged.