The management of University of Ghana, Legon, through a press release has justified the recent fees announced for the 2022/2023 academic year for students.
Students of the University, National Union of Ghana Students NUGS and Other Stakeholders have raised high concern over the recent Academic Facilities User Fees increment.
But in a statement on Monday January 2, 2023, management set the record straight to
correct false information being circulated about adjustments of Academic Facility User Fees by the University for the 2022/2023 academic year.
The adjustment of fees according to the University is based on rates approved by Parliament and communicated through the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission.
The management for the sake of clarity explained that;
1. In the 2019/2020 academic year, public universities, including the University of Ghana, were given approval by Parliament to increase their fees by 5% cumulatively based on the 2016/2017 approved fees. On 27th January, 2020, the University received the approved and gazetted fees (Ref. RMERD/NTPU/12/19/MDAS/FEES/5) from the Ministry of Finance through the then National Commission of Tertiary Education (NCTE).
This was in the second semester of the 2019/2020 academic year, after the University had already announced fees for that academic year. By this time, it was too late for the University to implement the new fees.
2. Though the gazetted approved fees for 2019/2020 academic year were found to be higher than what the University had earlier requested students to pay for the academic year, University Management decided to suspend the implementation of the new fees until the 2020/2021 academic year. This was to spare students from a fee increase in the
middle of the 2019/2020 academic year.
Below is the full statement