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Ghanaian students on scholarship abroad challenges – NUGS calls gov’t

Ghanaian students on scholarship abroad challenges – NUGS calls government to address the issue immediately.

The National Union of Ghana students (NUGS) has reached out to the government to immediately address concerns of Ghanaian students studying on government scholarships abroad.

This has come following a protest by scholarships beneficiaries of the government scholarships studying in Morocco over the delay in the release of their stipends spanning for over 10 months.

From beneficiaries of the government scholarships in Morocco, they are facing other exacerbated existing hardships including inability to afford food, clothing, water and other personal products.

The president of NUGS, Kyeremeh Oppong Daniel, speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, May 29, expressed their displeasure and the union’s commitment to pursuing the issue.

The president of the Union highlighted the difficulties faced by students not only in Morocco but also in the UK, Canada,India, and those relying on the Students Loan Trust Fund.

“We are very perturbed by the current happenings but we are pretty much sure this listening government is going to take a quick step toward solving this particular challenge. Our students are suffering in Morocco, our students are suffering in the UK, our students are suffering in India, and most of the students on the Students Loan Trust Fund are also suffering. We need funds to facilitate education. Free senior high school is churning out a lot of numbers who are in our tertiary institutions.”

Mr Kyeremeh,  the president of the Union emphasised the need for adequate funding to support education, particularly with the increasing number of students entering tertiary institutions due to the free senior high school policy introduced by the sitting government in 2017.

The Union has urged relevant authorities to ensure prompt action is taken to address the concerns of affected students and prevent further hardship.

“The Students Loan Trust Fund is another big area that should be looked at. The crawl of the loan funds to applicants has also become a big issue to be looked at. Students will have to wait for 2 months after loan application. We are calling on the government and all agencies to come and rescue students in the country.”

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