The University of Ghana has announced a one-time discount of 2% on the 15% fee increment for select students for the 2022/2023 academic year. This comes after an approval by Parliament for the academic year. The discounts will apply to full fee-paying programmes, programmes at the Accra City Campus and distance education programmes.
The decision was made following an impasse between the University Management, student leaders, National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) and Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) over the 15% increase in fees. GTEC had earlier directed all public tertiary institutions to review fees for the next academic year by a maximum 15 percent increment. This was due to numerous complaints that some universities were charging more than the 15% rate approved by Parliament.
The Parliamentary Select Committee on Education urged the University of Ghana to consider offering a discount on fees for the current academic year to reduce the burden on students. In response to this, the University Council approved a one-time discount of 2% on the 15% fee increase for the following programmes: Full fee-paying programmes, Programmes at the Accra City Campus and Distance Education Programmes. The discount has already been applied to the accounts of affected students, and students can contact the Students Accounts Office for any enquiries.
For the most part, this decision is a welcome relief to students who were concerned about the high cost of education. It demonstrates the University’s commitment to making education accessible to all. The discount is particularly important for students who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, as they may struggle to pay the full fees. The University of Ghana has always been committed to promoting equal opportunities for all, and this decision is a clear indication of this commitment.
In a nutshell, the University of Ghana has taken a step in the right direction by approving a discount on fees for select students. This decision shows the University’s sensitivity to the needs of its students and a willingness to work with them to overcome challenges. We hope that other institutions will follow suit and find ways to make education more affordable and accessible to all.
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