In a move to address the concerns of students and ease the financial burden they face, the Council of the University of Ghana has granted approval for a one-time discount of 2% on the 15% fee increment for certain students for the upcoming 2022/2023 academic year. This decision follows a previous approval by Parliament for the academic year.
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The discount will be applicable to students enrolled in full fee-paying programs, as well as those attending programs at the Accra City Campus and distance education programs. By offering this discount, the University aims to alleviate the financial strain on these particular groups of students.
The decision to implement the discount comes in the wake of a conflict that emerged between the University of Ghana Management, student leaders, the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), and the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) regarding the 15% increase in fees. It was brought to the attention of GTEC that some public tertiary institutions were charging fees that exceeded the 15% rate approved by Parliament. As a result, GTEC directed all public tertiary institutions to review their fees for the upcoming academic year, limiting any increment to a maximum of 15%.
Recognizing the challenges faced by students due to the fee increment, the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education appealed to the University of Ghana to consider offering a discount on fees for the current academic year. Responding to this appeal, the University Council approved a one-time discount of 2% on the 15% fee increment approved by Parliament for the 2022/2023 academic year. This discount specifically applies to full fee-paying programs, programs at the Accra City Campus, and distance education programs.
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In a statement released by Dr. Elizier T. Ameyaw-Buronyak, Director of the Public Affairs Directorate of the University of Ghana, it was noted, “This discount has been applied to the accounts of affected students. Affected students may contact the Students Accounts Office for any inquiries through students’ accounts.” Students who fall under the categories eligible for the discount are encouraged to reach out to the designated office to address any concerns they may have.
The University of Ghana’s decision to provide a discount demonstrates its commitment to ensuring access to quality education while considering the financial well-being of its students. By taking this step, the institution recognizes the importance of providing support to its student community and aims to alleviate the financial burden faced by those affected by the fee increment.