The University Students’ Association of Ghana (USAG) has described as welcoming the policies announced by the major political parties regarding fees of students at the tertiary level ahead of the December 7 polls.

The Association explained that it is fully aware of the level of attention paid by the political parties to the student’s plight amid the difficulties associated with the novel coronavirus outbreak.

In a December 2, press release, USAG noted that; “whilst the incumbent, the governing NPP is promising scholarship packages for the free SHS graduates and assuring continuing students of abolishing the guarantor system with respect to the Student Loan Trust Fund, the opposition NDC promises same but adds that, it will absorb 50% fees of continuing tertiary students should they win this year’s election.”

While expressing its appreciation for the commitment from the major political parties, a statement signed by Press and Information Secretary of the student body, Kwadwo Yeboah Murdock further advised “the Ghanaian University Students to strategically assess both parties on their records of delivering manifesto promises as well the feasibilities of the intervention outlined in their policy documents, even the latter-day promises.

USAG also advised all the youth to desist from any act of violence or irregularities during this period that have the propensity to mar the beauty of the elections.

“We encourage all parties to make it clear to their constituents
that any violence or attempts to use intimidation to disrupt the democratic process are unacceptable. USAG calls on every Ghanaian youth to remain, at all times, conduits of peace throughout to the day of elections and beyond,” the statement said.