The National Union of Ghana Students has petitioned Parliament supporting the motion filed by Bawku Central Member of Parliament (MP), Mahama Ayariga, to pass a resolution leading to the suspension of payment of admission fees by students in public tertiary institutions for the 2020/21 academic year.
In a nine-point petition, the petitioners numbering five stated among other things that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused massive loss of jobs and affected the income of most workers.
The pandemic has also had a toll on the finances of families and working students across the country.
Due to this, many tertiary students are at risk of deferring studies for the 2020/21 academic year since their parents or guardians are unable to raise the amounts needed to pay for fees for the academic year.
The Petitioners also stated that the fees being charged by public tertiary institutions for the 2020/21 academic year were approved by Parliament when the prevailing economic circumstances of the country were not this difficult. However, situations have been compounded as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
They are therefore urging Members of Parliament to work in the interests of students by supporting the motion to scrap the fees.