MP threatens to sue universities over new fees hike

Mr Mahama, who heads parliament's Subsidiary Legislation Committee, which is charge of approving university fees, said the new charges are illegal since it has no legal basis.

“The option now is a legal challenge to the fees. If that happens then it is for the court to decide what should be done," he told Accra-based Joy News.

He urged university authorities to hold on with the new fees and seek parliamentary approval when MPs reconvene from break.

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The University Students Association of Ghana has also weighed in on the matter, urging students not to pay the new fees until parliament approves the amount to be charged.

At a news conference in Accra, the leadership of the association accused management of the various tertiary institutions of charging exorbitant fees.

Currently, some of the institutions are charging more than GHC 2000, a situation which has ruffled feathers amongst students in public universities across the country.

Students all over the country have commenced campaigns complaining about the surge in prices of fees.

Already, the sector Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh has requested all institutions to submit their fees for approval.

Emmanuel Kwarteng Frimpong said he doesn’t comprehend the reason for the immediate rise the fees and pleaded with heads of the institutions to reduce them.

‘We’re telling VCs that after parliament has approved the fees, they should also give us a breakdown because it is only when we know the breakdown of the fees that we would be confident that we’re not cheated’ he said.

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