GIJ students appeal to gov’t, management to reduce fees
A group calling itself the Concerned Tertiary Students of GIJ (CTSG) has admonished the government to with immediate effect instruct the management of the school to rescind its decision to increase school fees.
CTSG in a statement argued that the last academic year was truncated due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, a situation that forced students to continue with their academic work from their homes, without any form of support from the school despite paying their fees in full.
”To start with, the last semester of the past academic year was truncated due to the urgency to close down schools and the nation at large to curb the spread of the virus. Due to this, tertiary students did not fully benefit from the fees they paid in the 2019/2020 academic year. Several calls from some student bodies for a refund have however not been heeded to.
Concerning our school, the Ghana Institute of Journalism, there has not been any official communique from the management to students about the increase in fees. This increment, termed as proposed, has however been circulated on student platforms and equally stated on every student’s academic portal.”
They argued that ”A larger number of students are on the verge of dropping out of school because of such an inconsiderate decision. The monetary commitment for the government in reducing school fees would not constitute a disadvantage to other beneficiaries of the Coronavirus Alleviation Program. ”
The group has also outlined a number of recommendations by calling on the management of the school ”…to rescind their decision on the increment of the fees for the 2020/2021 academic year, officially inform students of the nature and structure of the coming semester, and extend the deadline for the decreased fees. We equally call on the Government of Ghana and the Ministry of education to listen to the plea of tertiary students and respond affirmatively to the fee decrement call from tertiary students.”
”According to the World Education Service, there were 444,000 tertiary students in Ghana in 2017. Three years now, we are estimating it to be hovering around 500,000. On average, a Ghanaian tertiary student pays about GH¢2000.00 as fees annually. This means the government would have to absorb about GH¢600.00 off the tuition of every tertiary student. This amounts to about GH¢300 million.
This is one-fourth of the money allocated to the Coronavirus Alleviation Fund set up to help alleviate the suffering of Ghanaians in these tumultuous times. We believe this amount is within a range that the government can absorb,” the statement read.
Read the full statement below