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.
Plenty people got admission to the universities but can’t afford tuition cuz of financial constraints due to COVID-19. People are really suffering in this country chale….MP’s please kindly help us #SuspendTheSchoolFees— Efo Filey 🔞 (@efo_phil) January 22, 2021
I need to add my voice because I can’t breath. 2 newphews 3 nieces all going to tertiary this January. #SuspendTheSchoolFees— nunana (@sbsd_gh) January 22, 2021
Some students are also not in support of the motion with some explaining that they have already paid the needed fees.
We… Wo kwasiaa s3 molle..— #SuspendTheSchoolFees (@ComradeSharp) January 22, 2021
Who told you that one person can describe himself as “We”.
Learn you pronoun 😂#SuspendTheSchoolFees
You are losing the argument— #SuspendTheSchoolFees (@ComradeSharp) January 22, 2021
Covid has collapsed businesses and parents are jobless #SuspendTheSchoolFees as part of the Covid-19 alleviation program
Meanwhile, student bodies including NUGS and GRASAG presented a signed petition to Parliament in support of the motion.
In the best interest of students nationwide, student leaders from GRASAG, USAG & NUGS joined forces on Wednesday to present a signed petition to parliament in support of Hon. Mahama Ayariga’s motion requesting government to absorb tuition costs of…(1/2)#SuspendTheSchoolFees pic.twitter.com/yWa6o8uDRq— ||•Odonkor Emmanuel•||•🇬🇭•|| (@1_odonkor) January 22, 2021
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.
Let your MPs first suspend their Ex-Gratias. There’s already immense burden on government budget with the FREE SHS policy.— The Real Big Joe 🌎 (@thectznjoe) January 22, 2021
Stop following blindly. If the MPs want to show us they care, they should first reduce the amount of tax payers cash they accept. #SuspendTheSchoolFees
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.”
I got the whole fees the following 2 weeks, and most of the papers had been done, I decided to let it go and continue this year but I was depressed cos that was the first time my fees delayed and it was my final year. I really wanted to get it done 🤦 #SuspendTheSchoolFees— Egudze (@Egudze_Egudze88) January 22, 2021
Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin must get a Twitter handle so that we can Tag him.— #SuspendTheSchoolFees (@ComradeSharp) January 22, 2021
Ur mind dey ? #SuspendTheSchoolFees
Free University is a policy on its own.— #SuspendTheSchoolFees (@ComradeSharp) January 22, 2021
They should #SuspendTheSchoolFees because of the effect of Covid on business.
We are already having enough of the challenges which is consuming us swiftly as students,make our university lives more comfortable amidst this pandemic.#SuspendTheSchoolFees#JusticeForStudents #pandemic #KSAWithJanuary@1raphaelquainoo @watsuptek @_paakwesi_ @CoHSSknust— KNUST STUDENT ACTIVISTS 🇬🇭 (@KSA_AfricaLive) January 22, 2021
You agree that CD19 brought a lot of hardships, that’s why u’re giving free water n free electricity. So we’re only asking u to pay tertiary students fees for only this semester w/ de CD19 relief fund,u said no,thy shld apply n u will select your favorite.#SuspendTheSchoolFees https://t.co/f5XMeKazH1— General-Hammad💂🇬🇭 (@general_Hammad) January 22, 2021
2/2 Remind your MP he represents you first before the party. Remind him that your thumb will be intact in next 4yrs. You might not like NDC & NDC MPs but remember they care about your education and the impact of the pandemic on u & ur families finances.#SuspendTheSchoolFees #1DON— AnotherDemocrat (@YngDemocrat2) January 22, 2021
Cancel the free water and electricity and #SuspendTheSchoolFees for our younger brothers and sisters.— #KickNanaOut (@the__sadtruth) January 22, 2021
Right now all the universities deadline for payment of fees and acceptance of admission has passed.This campaign should started earlier. It’s will be of no benefit now #SuspendTheSchoolFees— ike Pido (@iyk_pido) January 22, 2021
We are all in financial crisis .Let’s put politics aside and let’s fight for the good of all Ghanaians #SuspendTheSchoolFees— Mharmhe Efe (@arayphua) January 22, 2021
#It is obvious that the outbreak of Covid-19 has had a negative impact on business and has rendered many parents jobless.— J. D. Solomon (@JDSolomon5) January 22, 2021
The call for suspension of School fees for the 2020/2021 academic year by Hon. Mahama Ayariga is a call in the good direction.
To what end will be the essence of Fshs, if we cant proceed to the tertiary level due to high school fees in this era of COVID-19 hardship.. moreover nobody is saying we should go to tertiary for free but for a academic year#SuspendTheSchoolFees— Kingly_Royal1 (@Royal1Kingly) January 22, 2021
Now more than ever, the Ghanaian people, students most especially, need the benevolent interventions of the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo government. I trust he won’t disappoint.#SuspendTheSchoolFees— Anthony Julius (@fatheranthoni) January 22, 2021
This has nothing to do with politics or whatsoever you wanna term it. Our students also deserve a direct covid relief funds #SuspendTheSchoolFees— Prince Huzair (@PrinceHuzair) January 22, 2021
Government provided free food and supported small scale businesses due to the harsh conditions covid brought. Why does he now think these same people can now afford huge fees? Slash or #SuspendTheSchoolFees— Kenny Brew (@Kennybrewie) January 22, 2021
Even if not suspend all tertiary school fees, a portion of it should be suspended. This COVID-19 has brought many businesses to a halt, making it difficult for parents to cater for their wards. Hon. Mahama Ayariga is right #SuspendTheSchoolFees— Kelvin M. Ashong (@Mawunya_) January 22, 2021
For me the school automatically deferred me because I didn’t pay my fees on the given deadline. #SuspendTheSchoolFees— King David (@Kyn_David) January 22, 2021
Government needs to suspend aleast 50% of the fees. Cos the amount we are paying for hostel fees is already draining us #SuspendTheSchoolFees— Fuckuropinion (@xoxo_shade) January 22, 2021
I know people who are in the university and was affected big time by covid-19 Akuffo Addo need to #SuspendTheSchoolFees— Agenda Boy (@slideshousegh) January 22, 2021
This is not about NDC…— Philip Eduful Bentil (@blaq_made) January 22, 2021
It’s about the student who has gain admission into the university but isn’t able to go because of finance
So NPP mps please join the NDC mps to #SuspendTheSchoolFees
This is about the citizens, we gave you the power to make life better for us. Don’t use politics to stop something that will benefit the whole people! Don’t be selfish! #SuspendTheSchoolFees— Lazy Programmer♌ (@_quekuKetewa) January 22, 2021
Many Ghanaian students are still home because their parents businesses were affected by COVID and they have no money now #SuspendTheSchoolFees— ANNAN PERRY ARHIN (@AnnanPerry) January 22, 2021
With the effects of COVID on Ghanaian students and businesses,no one should have protest for the #SuspendTheSchoolFees if we had a thinking government— ANNAN PERRY ARHIN (@AnnanPerry) January 22, 2021