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KNUST SAGA: Students blame spending of school fees on extended UTAG strike

Yesterday, it came to light that the management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) had taken decision to defer all students who are not able to pay at least 70% of the Academic User fees for the academic year. The decision was expected to affect about 6000 students of the university.

Reacting to the decision by management today, 21st April, the Student's parliament of KNUST expressed shock, describing the decision as "harsh" and "inconsiderate". The students group also urged the University's Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson to be listening mother, and extend some generosity to the students affected.

Speaking on what might have caused such large inability to meet the payment requirements, the KNUST Parliament noted that " We can't address this problem without taking into account the disruptions to the academic schedule caused by the UTAG strike, which has caused the students to stay and spend longer than they intended before returning to campus".

"We must keep in mind that some students are self-parenting and may be obliged to spend their tuition fees as a result of the extended academic calendar", the statement continued.

The group went further to plead with the University management to allow for more time for the affected students to come up with the fees required, and also allow them to sit for their end of semester examinations which is set to start soon.

KNUST has a population of about 85,000 students. On Tuesday, the University's Public Relations Officer, Dr. Daniel Norris Bekoe asserted that " some students were playing games with the University". According to him, some had used their fees to buy Uber cars, others had used it for betting, whilst others had set up bakeries among others, and that the University had evidence to them all.

Meanwhile, the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS-GH) and the Students Representative Council (SRC) are planning on settling the fees of 3000 out of the 6000 affected students of KNUST.

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