University of Ghana Council soon to decide on Education Minister’s directive

Kuuku Osei-Baidoo
Kuuku Osei-Baidoo
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Prof. Ransford Gyampo, Secretary of the University of Ghana Chapter of the University Teachers Association of Ghana, says the decision to review fees for the 2022/2023 academic year, as directed by the Ministry of Education, can be implemented solely by the University of Ghana Council. He claims, adhering to the Ministry of Education’s request, would be a violation of parliament’s decision on the part of the University administration.

If the university wants to go contrary to what the law says that decision will have to be made by the counsel of the University and I’m sure that very soon counsel will also review what is going on and then will take a position on it but generally, the University of Ghana hasn’t done anything that is illegal. And I’m saying that not even the President of the Republic can direct any public institution to go contrary to what parliament has directed it to do.

On January 5, 2022, the Ministry of Education met with leaders of all public universities to discuss the 15% increase in fees imposed by these institutions. The Ministry immediately directed the University of Ghana to comply with the 15% margin set by parliament, as the current fee increase is more than 30%.

The University of Ghana however in a press statement released on Monday, January 2, 2023, defended the increase in its academic and residential user facility fees for the 2022/ 2023 academic year. They assert that “fees charged for the academic year 2022-2023 are legal and properly based on approved fee levels as permitted by Parliament.”
This follows complaints by students over the increased margin describing it as unfair.

Story Written By: Kuuku Osei Baidoo

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