Government to Sanction Universities Charging Above Than 15% Increment. According to the Ministry of Education, public universities that charge more than the authorized price increase of 15% for public universities and tertiary institutions would face consequences.
Some public universities are demanding tuition increases for the 2022–2023 academic year that are higher than the authorized 15 percent increase, according to the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS). The organization has since petitioned a number of pertinent state authorities, including Parliament, to address its concerns.
The Public Relations Officer for the Ministry, Kwasi Kwarteng, spoke on the subject on Starr News with Ekow Boakye and said that no university found charging more than the permitted cost will be spared.
“I am saying that whenever we have an official complaint as a ministry that any university has charged more than what Parliament approves, of course, you don’t need Kwesi Kwarteng to confirm this because the law is clear. The legal framework and provisions upon which the Appropriation and subsequent approval of fees is done, if you go beyond, that’s completely illegality. The necessary action ought to be taken, and of course, we will take the necessary action within the framework of the law.
“The universities are expected to comply, so far as GTEC and the ministry are concerned, it is the 15 percent increment fees of last year that the universities are supposed to charge. And so far, we are aware that is what they are charging, but there are institutions that might flout the GTEC directives,” Mr. Kwarteng stated.
He continued: “In this country, everything works within the framework of the law, and there is a legal framework that regulates when it comes to the charging of fees by various universities and all tertiary institutions; particularly those within the public university space, and so the Fees and Charges Act, for instance, regulates such mandates and provides for the procedures and processes by which the universities may propose the fees.”
According to him, any fees and charges will have to go to Parliament for approval depending on the Appropriation, adding that the Universities cannot on their own determine what they want to charge the students.
“Ultimately, what they have to do has to conform with the law. If you look at initially what Universities proposed was way above 15 percent. But within the wisdom of Parliament resolved that 15 percent of last year’s fees was quite fair and reasonable.”Follow us on Whatsapp , Instagram, Twitter , Facebook