One of the many reasons most youth leave their homes to very far away is to pursue higher level education. The cost to enroll in a private tertiary education in Ghana is very high and hence most prefer the public tertiary institutions to gain some subsidies from the government. Paying school fees is one considered challenging by students taking care of themselves and others from average homes. The cost of feeding and transport throughout an academic year is greater than the sum of other expenses throughout the year.
In tertiary institutions especially, the universities do not feed students unlike training colleges where students are fed and paid some allowances. Current university students and alumni across the country will testify to some level of 'cruelty' from food vendors, shop owners, landlords and market women in the communities where the university is found. Most among these people increase prices of their products and services above normal with a mindset that students have more money on them.
Some students have witnessed difference in prices of similar items being sold to a university student and a local person. A popular Instagram handle of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, @uenr_filla in a post, showing a Waakye and ‘Gari & Beans’ seller on campus rapidly increasing prices of the food and urging the Student’s Representative Council of the university to help resolve this issue.
The post had many students lamenting in the comment session about the same issue with other vendors on and off campus. These students well understand the rise in commodities nationwide but can also very well tell when what they are paying for doesn’t match the quality and quantity of food, product and services they are being presented with.
In the end, these same people we are being cruel to will be expected to contribute back to society and help build a better community. When they stare at the community, all they see are contributors to their hardship and people who were once obstructions to their success. Some students are beginning to believe that the community is responsible for creating such people in the Ghana.
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