A.C.T.S TO THE DEPUTY MINISTER OF EDUCATION IN CHARGE OF TERTIARY
The Association of Concerned Tertiary Students (ACTS) for many weeks has monitored the actions and inactions of the government with regards to the issue of payment of utility tariffs by students, and we can say it without equivocation that the office of the education minister is trying to play with the minds of we the tertiary students. Indeed, we are not kids so he should know that.
It’s been very repulsive and distasteful over the years on our part as tertiary students in pursuance of the hectic lives that we live on our various campuses. Now, we once again want to state it emphatically and categorically that, tertiary education still remains our right and not a privilege like the government is insinuating.
At first, students at various tertiary institutions were given some allowances as part of their academic incentives. Today, a lot of parents aren’t that eager to enroll their wards into tertiary institutions, for obvious reasons.
Again; there was a government subsidy on students academic charges which then made way for decreasing students tariffs on yearly basis till their tenure of academic lives on campus elapses. Currently, it is the other way round because academic charges at the tertiary level keep increasing astronomically every year. Where then are the so called “government’s subsidies”?
Today, the bureaucratic and corrupt systems alone are even a panacea for deterring parents to enroll their wards into tertiary institutions.
Any way, We have the following simple questions for the government:
1. Is education now a bane to the development of this country?
2. Can the leadership of this government tell us that they were charged for UTILITY TARIFFS even at the time that tertiary education was far cheaper?
3. Had the government thought of where and how our parents after paying all sorts of unfounded taxes and other bills manage to get our erratic charges at the tertiary levels paid?
4. Is this what the government refer to as “I care for you”??
In any case, the issue of whether or not, those of us at the tertiary level should be levied for utility tariffs to our views are of no merits to us as students, hence need not to be discussed anywhere. This is because, our parents have been diabolically squeezed to a level that, they can no longer comment on this since they have none to deliver.
We are even craving the government’s indulgence to reinstate the tertiary allowances that were duly supporting some of our predecessors earlier as less privileges.
As usual, we’ve heard the deputy minister of education on countless occasions on different platforms that the government has no intention to introduce the “UTILITY TARIFFS” on us as students, but the meeting between the VICE CHANCELLORS and the leadership of the various SRC’s at the tertiary front across the country proves to us that indeed, we may be paying for the utility tariffs on our various campuses.
The question is; who is lying here? For us to believe the HON. MINISTER by not taking his words as just mere rhetoric, we vividly want to have a hard copy of government’s letter signed and stating in unambiguous terms that, indeed, the government has no intention of introducing utility tariffs on students at the tertiary level.
If this is failed, then, we are sorry to say it once again that we are not in a Church auditorium to listen to government’s political preaching or whatsoever the government deem it as a messages to we the students.
On this note, we end by making our stance known to all that, we are giving the government just a WEEK ultimatum to get the vice chancellors and rectors of our various tertiary institutions an official letter to show that indeed, students are not paying or else, TERTIARY DEMONSTRATION and other necessities are fervently in place.
Long live Ghana
Long live A.C.T.S
OMANE ADDO ESTHER
AMPOFO OFORI SAMUEL
SEFAH BENJAMIN NIMO
APPIAGYEI AKWASI ATTAKORA
JUSTICE P.K AMPOFO
DOMFEH EMMANUEL (Sir Noble)
BARRISTER, KORKOR & NANA B
LEGON CSUC & KNUST