After increasing 2022/2023 tertiary institution fees by 15%, the management of the Ghana Tertiary Commission has directed all tertiary education institutions across the country to accept a 50% part payment of fees next academic year.
In a statement shared with AcademicWeek.com, the Commission said the new fee payment plan is to enable prospective students to register for their courses at the beginning of the 2023 academic year to continue their education.
“We advise the management of the institutions to consider accepting a 50% part-payment of fees to enable the student to register at the beginning of the year, with a specific payment plan agreed for the balance to be paid, based on individual circumstances,” GTEC said.
The 50% part payment plan, according to the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) is to provide flexible terms of payment and reduce fee-default rates amongst tertiary institution students with genuine financial challenges.
GTEC’s directive follows an appeal made by the leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) at a meeting with the management of the Commission over the unexpected 15% increment in fees and charges.
In a statement shared with AcademicWeek.com, the Union said the 50% part payment of fees when approved by the government-accredited institutions will allow students to register their courses and pay the outstanding balances later.
“The Students Union in a meeting proposed to GTEC that all public tertiary institutions should be directed to accept 50% part payment of fees to allow students to register and pay the outstanding balances within the year
This we believe is the best way of cushioning students in these difficult times. This directive should cover both fresh students and continuing students,” the leadership of the Ghana Union Students (NUGS) stated in the press statement.
NUGS following the 15% increment in public tertiary institution fees and charges also called on all institutions that have illegally increased fees beyond the parliament-approved 15% threshold to immediately reverse such increment.
“The National Union of Ghana Students will be preparing a report and (publish same) on such illegal actions and will take every legal and reasonable means to correct such injustice on Ghanaian students,” the NUGS leadership said.