Samuel Okudzato Ablakwa, the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of tertiary education says the growing expenses of student bills especially in the tertiary level is too cumbersome to be absorbed by the government.
He said this on Thursday the 18th of August during the 16th annual Congress of the University Students Association of Ghana(USAG), held at the premises of Kessben University College at Kuntenase in Ashanti region.
The USAG 16th annual Congress captioned,” Addressing the issues of utility bills, the role of government, stakeholders and students, brought together students representatives from the various universities across Ghana.
The President of USAG, Henry Nkosuo Boakye expressed the dissatisfaction of the various Universities concerning the sudden rise of student expenses in schools. The drastic increment in school fees and other needed stationeries. The worst of all is the current students utility bills which has burdened students making education very expensive. They therefore call on government to intervene as it’s posing a great challenge to acquiring knowledge in Ghana.
However, the deputy minister in charge of tertiary education says, education in the yesteryears can not be compared to that of today. This is because, considering the fewer institutions and students at those times, it was a tiny budget to be swallowed by the government. In recent times, a number of tertiary institutions have sprung up creating excess expenses to be absorbed by the government.
Moreover,the government has not turned a death ear to their plea so would pay due attention to find solutions in other to soften the quest for formal education in the country.
Story: Randy Jay Abubakar