The National Union Ghana Students (NUGS) has expressed disappointment in the 8th parliament and condemned in no certain terms the rejection of the tertiary fee suspension motion which was filed by the honorable Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga.
On January 28, 2021, parliament, presided over by its speaker, Rt. Hon. Alban Bagbin voted against the motion filed by Hon. Ayariga which was meant to enable the government of president Akufo Addo to absorb tertiary admission fees of student for the 2020/2021 academic year.
The request to the government was meant to be a relief package for parents whose children are offered admissions into the various tertiary institutions in the country as financial problems increase due to the effect of the deadly covid-19 pandemic which has claimed the lives of more than 400 persons in the country.
For NUGS, parliament’s shooting down of the ‘humanitarian’ motion tabled by Hon. Ayariga cause headache or financial stress to parents or guardians whose wards gain admission into universities, colleges and polytechnics for the academic year.
In a press release sighted by GhanaVanguard.com, the Jay Hyde-led union indicated that they will be taking steps to sit down with institutions such as the Students Loan Trust Fund, GETFund, Scholarships Secretariat and Ministry of Education to see how they can help the situation since parliament could not.
“We at NUGS will however be engaging stakeholders such as the Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF), Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND), Scholarship Secretariats, Ministry of Education and any other relevant avenues to see how best they can find immediate financial assistance to the numerous students who are unable to afford the payment of fees,” part of the press release reads.
Read below the full press release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NATIONAL UNION OF GHANA STUDENTS (NUGS)
NUGS IS DISAPPOINTED IN PARLIAMENT’S REJECTION ON THE MOTION TO SUSPEND THE PAYMENT OF SCHOOL FEES
The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has learnt with great shock and disappointment in the 8th Parliament of the Republic of Ghana for rejecting the motion for the suspension of the payment of admission fees for tertiary students in the 2020/21 academic year which was moved by the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Hon. Mahama Ayariga.
On Thursday, January 28, 2021, Parliament through a voice vote rejected a motion which was requesting President Akufo-Addo to absorb fees for tertiary students as part of the relief packages for Ghanaians occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.
In the midst of this deadly pandemic which has negatively affected almost every sector of the economy and making life unbearable for many Ghanaians and even the world at large, we expected that the motion could have gone through for students and parents to have some relief. We were also hoping that even if not all, at least, some percentage of a sort or certain components of the school fees could be absorbed by Government.
We at NUGS will however be engaging stakeholders such as the Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF), Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND), Scholarship Secretariats, Ministry of Education and any other relevant avenues to see how best they can find immediate financial assistance to the numerous students who are unable to afford the payment of fees.
We want to assure the Students of Ghana that their welfare and interest shall always be prioritized by National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) .
Osei Yaw Obed
Secretary for Press & Information
Isaac Jay Hyde