Student Leaders Threatens Demo Over Utilities
The student leaders and students of the University of Ghana this afternoon held a press conference at the common wealth hall to reemphasize their position on the intended government agenda to share the cost of utilities with students starting next academic year. The press statement was read by Adams Hussein who is the current JCR president of Jean Nelson Hall and signed by all JCR presidents on University of Ghana campus.
Among other things, the student leaders stated that the burden on students and parents as a result of the current economic challenges is understandable enormous; therefore any attempt to worsen the plight of the students and parents will hurt and incur the wrath of the people. Government is about making decisions to better the lives of the people but when such decisions are rather going to degrade the situation and make the cost of education expensive and gradually making education a reserve for the rich at the expense of the poor and vulnerable, it is incumbent on the students to act and act now. The statement stated.
The statement went on to state that the students cannot trust the back and forth of government officials on this issue so therefore a statement should be issued from the office of the president or the minister of education to clarify their position on this matter.
According to the students, the policy if implemented will see an additional Gh 500 added to their fees come next academic year. They said students are expecting fees for next academic year to increase by not less than 20% since government have failed to maintain macroeconomic stability by keeping interest rate low. This they say will force several students out of school and therefore putting their career paths in complete Jeopardy.
Adams Hussein went on to state categorically the position of the student leaders on the intended policy from government. And I quote “we the students of the University of Ghana want to register our non-negotiable stance against this deleterious policy. Our position is unblemished and straight; YEN TUMI NTUA. WE CANNOT PAY!!”
As per the press statement, Article 25(1) C of the constitution states that, education should be made progressively free and not increasingly expensive beyond the capacity of the ordinary Ghanaian and the vulnerable. The government of Ghana therefore have failed in its core duty to defend the constitution at all times.
The student leaders of the University of Ghana therefore called on all students to join the planned demonstration which will see all students from tertiary institutions across the country pour onto the streets to register their displeasure against government in its intended utility cost sharing policy. But if the government refused to hear their cry and implement this policy; all student leaders will rally the support of every tertiary students to boycott the next academic year with students gathering round the seat of government every single day to register their discontentment and work towards getting this government out of power.