Education

‘Suspend the school fees’ trends on social media

Some Ghanaians on social media have supported Bawku Central MP’s motion in Parliament to suspend the payment of school fees for tertiary students.

Taking to their Twitter pages, many applauded Mahama Ayariga for recognising the struggle of the people and taking an initiative to get it solved.

They believe suspending the fees will go a long way to help more people than he anticipates.

Some students are also not in support of the motion with some explaining that they have already paid the needed fees.

Meanwhile, student bodies including NUGS and GRASAG presented a signed petition to Parliament in support of the motion.

The Bawku Central MP had earlier petitioned Speaker Alban Bagbin to request prior approval to move a motion for the suspension of the payment of admission fees for tertiary students in the 2020/21 academic year.

Mahama Ayariga premised the urgency for the motion on the recent reopening of schools where students who have gained admission are requested to make payments before they are admitted.

He said the development is rather worrying considering the fact that the country is still trying to recover from a pandemic which has had adverse effects on the economic activities of citizens.

Parliament, however, is yet to approve the motion with the NPP caucus calling the motion “flawed and incompetent.”