Dr Yaw Adutwum, the Minister of Education, has ordered the University of Ghana (UG) to abide by the 15 percent fee increase that was authorized by Parliament.
The instruction was given during a meeting on January 5, 2023, with the administration of various public universities and the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) over protests against the tuition increase.
The conference was called in response to complaints from the student body that public colleges had raised tuition over the 15 percent cap authorized by Parliament.
The Universities of Cape Coast, Education, Winneba, and Mines and Technology have all agreed to adhere to the 15% fee increase from the previous academic year.
The Education Minister assured the reporters following the meeting that all universities will adhere to the 15 percent requirement set by Parliament.
“You have heard from our great university about steps that they have taken in cases where the fees were over 15 percent. They are doing refunds. They want to live within the 15 percent as mandated by Parliament.”
Professor Gordon Awandare, the University of Ghana’s Pro-Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academic and Student Affairs, has accused the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) of causing the misunderstanding over the university’s increase in facility user fees.
Professor Awandare maintained that nothing unlawful had been done by the university’s administration in an earlier announcement on the increase, adding that GTEC got its justification incorrect. The latest increment has caused some controversy among students and parents.