NUGS heaps praise on gov’t for ensuring quality, affordable education

NUGS heaps praise on gov’t for ensuring quality, affordable education
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com
Date: 29-11-2017 Time: 05:11:40:pm
New NUGS executives taking oath of office.

The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has commended Government's efforts in ensuring that education is accessible to all.

Newly sworn-in President of NUGS, Elisha Oheneba Essumang also lauded the government over the decision to absorb the registration fees of candidates writing the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Junior High Schools.

He further praised the government for its decision to increase the Capitation Grant by 100% from the initial GHȻ4.50p to GHȻ9 as announced by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta in the 2018 budget statement.

Elisha Oheneba Essumang made the remarks Tuesday, at a ceremony to swear into office, newly elected officials if the students’ body.

The 2017/2018 NUGS Executives include: Elisha Oheneba Essumang, President; Mercy Asamani, General Secretary; Dennis Frimpong, Treasurer;  John Charway, Coordinating Secretary and Dominic K. Matasa Blay, Press & Information Secretary.

The rest are:  Emmanuel Tabil Jnr, Financial Controller; Josceline Arthur, Women Commissioner; Eunice Foriwaa Bimpong, International Relations Secretary; Eric Opoku Mensah, Programs & Projects Secretary and Afriyie Osei Owusu, Education & Democratization Secretary.

The ceremony saw in attendance the Deputy Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum; Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Otiko Afisah Djaba; Executive Director of the National Service Scheme, Mustapha Ussif and the CEO of NEIP, Lawyer John Kumah.

Others include Justin Kodua of YEA, Director of GETFund, representatives from the Scholarship Secretariat, Students Loan Trust Fund and many others.

The NUGS President noted the Ministry of Education's “Basic Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (BSTEM)" program to be introduced in all basic schools which would solve the technological and digital gap between Ghana and the developed states in the near future.

He described the free senior high school (SHS) policy introduced by the Akufo-Addo administration as “all-time best Educational Policy, which has not only increased the enrolment of students into the various SHS but also lessened the burden of parents who sometimes had to go for loans and frustrating moments to send their wards to school.”

The restoration of allowances paid to trainee teachers as well as trainee nurses brought tremendous relief to beneficiaries, he stated.

He also called on managers of privately-owned universities to drastically reduce school fees following the decision by the government to scrap 25% corporate income tax they previously paid to the state.

Speaking at the event, the Deputy Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum together with the Gender and Social Protection Minister, Otiko Afisah Djaba, both charged the Union to be vibrant as it was in the past and ensure that the union serves its core mandate to the very people they seek to serve.

The outgone Secretary, Mr. Akwasi Agyemang also charged the new executives to serve the interests of the students and ensure that the right things are done.

He added that, the struggle continues but it is up to new executives to live above the struggles and make the Union better.

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