The Minister of Education, Mr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has urged the University of Ghana to comply with the 15% fee increase approved by Parliament.
The decision follows a meeting with the management of some public universities and the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) on Thursday, January 5, 2023, to discuss student protests over fee increases.
The conference follows complaints by the student body that public universities had raised their fees above the 15% maximum set by Parliament.
The University of Cape Coast, the University of Education, Winneba, and the University of Mines and Technology have all agreed to comply with the 15% fee increase implemented last academic year.
Briefing the media after meeting with the management of the public universities, the Minister of Education, Mr. Yaw Osei Adutwum said all the universities will abide by the 15 percent as mandated by Parliament.
“You have heard from our great university about steps that they have taken in cases where the fees were over 15 percent. They are doing refunds. They want to live within the 15 percent as mandated by Parliament.”
Meanwhile, Professor Gordon Awandare, Pro-Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic and Student Affairs at the University of Ghana, blamed the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) for the uncertainty that surrounding the university’s increase in facility user fees.
Defending the recent hike, which has caused some consternation among stakeholders, Professor Awandare maintained that the university’s administration had done nothing illegal, adding that GTEC had gotten its explanation wrong in its earlier announcement on the increment.