Mahama petitions Speaker of Parliament to scrap fees for 2021 academic year in tertiary institutions

Alban Bagbin, the Speaker of Parliament has been petitioned by the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga to move a motion against the increment of fees by some tertiary institutions in the country.

Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga

He thus demanded the government's intervention citing monetary challenges brought on students and their parents by the coronavirus pandemic.

In his petition to the Speaker of Parliament, Ayariga stated that "That this House Resolves to request the President of the Republic of Ghana to take urgent steps to suspend the payment of admission fees by new entrants into public tertiary education institutions and continuing students of those institutions for the 2021 academic year as part of the national COVID relief programmes being implemented by Government.

"The urgency of this matter is dictated by the fact that public tertiary institutions are reopening now and students who have been offered admission are requested to make payments before they are admitted and will lose the opportunity if they do not pay. Continuing students must also pay."

"This is important to the public because many people have lost their jobs due to the economic consequences of the outbreak of COVID-19, which has necessitated government granting subsidies in the provision of water and electricity. The hospitality sector has been hard hit. Workers of private schools in the education sector have not earned income in close to a year. Border towns like Bawku have suffered economically from the restrictions in cross-border movement and trading. Most parents and students have not been able to work to save funds to be able to pay fees. Remittances from abroad have drastically shrunk. The banking crisis caused many jobs to be lost," the Bawku Central MP added.


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