General News of Friday, 23 November 2018
Students of the Kumasi campus of the University College of Management Studies (UCOMS), have registered their displeasure over what they term as an “unlawful increment” in tuition fees by school authorities.
In a letter signed by both the President and Secretary of the School’s Student Representative Council (SRC), and sighted by Citi News, the SRC urged all students to boycott lectures and join in a demonstration slated for Saturday, November 24, 2018 against the increment.
SRC President, Ibrahim Inusah, said the decision by management to increase the school’s tuition fees from Ghc3,000 to Ghc3,200 will not be accepted.
He explained that a demonstration by the entire student body is needed after several calls made by the SRC to authorities to rescind its decision have gone unheeded.
“Why should there be increment two weeks after school resumed. What I know is that before any fee increment, there should be a communication to the students. How can students go back to their parents and tell them there is an increment. “
“On what basis was the fees increased? Now that management is not ready to listen to our grievances, the only option left is for us to embark on a demonstration”, he stated.
Series of students’ protests
In recent times, students of tertiary institutions across the country are using demonstrations as a means of drumming home their demands after ‘fruitless’ internal arrangements.
Key among these protests is the ‘violent demonstration’ at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science Technology where several school properties were vandalized.
Last month, the SRC of the University of Ghana also threatened hold a demonstration to compel management address the challenges of shuttle services and the operationalization of power plants on campus.
But a day after the threat, the intended demonstration was indefinitely suspended after an assurance by management to address their concerns.
The distance education students of the University of Ghana also hinted of an impending demonstration to push the university authorities to improve the poor academic conditions they experience.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, the Ashanti Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service and the Police, averted a planned protest by students of the Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI) over management’s decision to have students write their examination in dining halls instead of classrooms.