The Ministry of Education is hopeful that the nation’s premier university, the University of Ghana will comply with the 15% fee increase approved by Parliament.
Speaking on News Night on Metro TV, the Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Kwasi Kwarteng, said “Fortunately and unfortunately, the University of Ghana is saying that they may have to go back to Council before they make a determination on that.”
“From the Ministry of Education, we believe that at the end of the day whichever side that we may stand it is the law that becomes supreme, and at no point should any institution or any individual vary the position of the law”
“The position of the law is very clear. It provides that when it comes to such engagements and arrangements it is the sole prerogative [right] of the Parliament of Ghana which has made a determination so yes within the context of the organizational structure and corporate arrangements, they can proceed with Council engagements,” he said.
Mr. Kwasi Kwarteng said ultimately “reference” and “record” have to be made to the law.
And clearly, he said “at no point will whichever or whatever body decision whether being Council or the University itself supersedes the provision of the law so it is expected that hopefully when Council meets the outcome though we are not going to prejudice the outcome — the expectation is that at the end of the day, they comply with Parliamentary directive which is backed by the fees and charges act and essentially the only framework fees are charged.
Education Minister orders UG to accept 15% fee increment
The Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has directed the Management of the University of Ghana (UG) to comply with the 15 percent increment in tertiary fees.
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.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana