Divine Edem Kwadzodeh, the General Secretary for the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), wants all public and private tertiary institutions to refund a part of residential fees to students after they were asked to vacate their halls of residence due to the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic.
He maintained that since students were ordered to leave their rooms, school managements must fully or partially pay back students accommodation fees from the date they moved out of their various campuses.
“Given the fact that most students have vacated their student accommodation and have moved out of the various campuses, following directives from various school managements that they should, all institutions must fully or partially (as is applicable) refund students with their accommodation fees from the date they vacated their student housing,” he said.
He has also asked universities to defer all fee payments until the economy regains its strength and people are able to earn wages.
This is in connection to the huge impact of the the COVID-19 disease on families, and especially students who work, as well non disbursement of loans to students by the Student Loan Trust Fund.
Mr Kwadzodeh is therefore calling the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE) to liaise with all institutions to ensure that students are allowed to register and access online platforms designed for the purposes of learning.
“I am asking all institutions to allow all students, regardless of whether they have fully paid fees or not, to be able to register and access the online learning systems being deployed by the various institutions.”
“I strongly hold that no student should be denied the access to learn during these times because of nonpayment of fees,” he entreated.
Meanwhile, he has commended the University of Ghana for allowing all students to enjoy the online tuition regardless of whether they have paid or not paid for their fess.