The Pro-Vice-Chancellor accountable for Academic and Student Affairs on the University of Ghana, Professor Gordon Awandare, has blamed the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) for the confusion surrounding the increment within the facility consumer charges by the college.
Explaining the present increment which has created some furore amongst college students and fogeys, Professor Awandare mentioned nothing unlawful has been executed by the administration of the college including that GTEC obtained its rationalization fallacious in its earlier assertion on the increment.
GTEC had directed all public tertiary establishments to overview charges for the subsequent educational 12 months by a most 15 % increment.
The directive adopted quite a few complaints that some universities have been charging greater than the 15% Rate Approved by Parliament, therefore the intervention by GTEC.
“This is to kindly remind all public tertiary institutions to abide strictly by the approval given. Any increases above the approved rate shall be in direct contravention of the fees and charges (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 2022 (Act 1080) and likely to attract sanctions from the Parliament of Ghana,” GTEC mentioned in a press release.
But chatting with Nathan Quao on the Citi Breakfast Show on Tuesday, Professor Aawandare mentioned the adjustment of charges is predicated on charges accredited by Parliament and communicated by the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC), thus it’s authorized.
“We are rising our charges precisely based on the Law. What is happening is that the communication that got here from GTEC misled the scholars into considering that the fee increment was primarily based on a particular 2021/2022 fee so even in the event you have been paying a subsidised fee in 2021/2022 then we have to use that which is totally fallacious.
“The increase was charged on the last approval and the last approval was in 2019…So it will be ridiculous to say we should use whatever we used last year, so if we were charging illegal fees last year, we should continue using that. Let’s do things properly, and so we should not mislead students to think that anything illegal is being done here.”
Professor Awandare added that after a gathering with pupil leaders on Monday, the problem has been settled and known as on GTEC to return out and appropriately clarify the increment to the coed physique to calm tensions.