Ghanaian Students Give Reasons To Support The Suspension Of Fees

The Balme Library, University Of Ghana

Tertiary students in Ghana have taken to social media to intensify the call for the suspension of fees for the 2021 academic year.

This follows Mahama Ayariga’s petition to the Speaker of Parliament to move a motion that will disallow the payment of fees for fresh and continuing students in tertiary institutions in the country for the 2021 academic year.

In his petition, the MP is seeking prior legislative approval pursuant to Order 50 (1) to have the fees halted as a result of the ravaging impact of the COVID-19 outbreak. He cited the loss of jobs and economic instability brought on by the pandemic, describing his petition as a “condition of urgent public importance.”

The Bawku MP’s motion has been supported by National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) in a petition the Union also sent to Parliament.

Ayariga’s motion, however, will be debated in Parliament on Tuesday, January 26, 2020.

In creating more awareness on the issue, the hashtag #SuspendTheSchoolFees has been created to enbale students, parents and other Ghanaians add their voice to the call.

Some students have indicated reasons why it is necessary for President Akufo-Addo to consider suspending the fees or, at least, allow for a reduction.

The call was also supported by parents and relatives of students:


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