Ranking member on the Education Committee of Parliament, Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, has urged students to request for a sit down negotiation with their university management to deliberate on their demand for a refund of fees.
According to him, student leaders should come into agreement with management and until the negotiations between students and management ends; it will be difficult to make a comment on the issue.
However, the Akatsi North MP says that it is not prudent for students to be requesting for a refund of fees as the academic year has not officially ended.
“If the academic year has not been declared officially ended and the online program has not been concluded, then it will be difficult to say the university authority to refund. I think that must be a negotiation between the university authorities and students body. So I will say the students should request for a sit down meeting with the university management and then come out with an agreement or it will be difficult for anyone to say the university should refund.”
He further added that students can make an appeal to the education committee of parliament if negotiations with the University authorities become difficult for further action to be taken.
“It is only when matters come to head that there is no understanding that probably the education committee can intervene on behalf of anybody who that will appeal to the committee. For now the student body should continue to appeal. When it becomes difficult to get a head way with the authorities then you can appeal to the education committee then we can take it from there”.
Two students of the University of Ghana launched an online petition rallying support from their fellow students to demand partial refund of academic and residential fees paid for the 2019/2020 academic year amid the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.