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Monday, 27 June 2016

University of Ghana hikes utility fees up to over GH¢2000; students outraged

Undergraduate students of the University of Ghana, Legon are kicking against proposed utility fees of up to over GH¢2,000 starting from the 2016/17 academic year.
Proposed fees per student for water and electricity for non-resident students have been pegged at GH922 and GH¢2,326 for residents.
The increases are part of measures being considered by the University to clear debts owed utility companies.
Total debt figures owed the utility companies by the University is not clear, but sources say electricity bills alone exceed GH¢21 million.
Treasurer of the University of Ghana Students’ Representation Council (SRC), Prince Ampofo Amoah, describes the proposed utility bills as exorbitant.
“This is very harsh because Humanities undergraduate students are paying less as tuition fees,” said Prince Amoah on Pulse, a current affairs programme on the Joy News Channel on Multi TV, Monday.

The proposed fees are yet to be approved by the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Ministry of Education, however, students say the proposed bills should not even come up in the first place.

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