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General News of Friday, 15 August 2003

Source: GNA

Minister Denies GNA Story

Proposed Fees Are Only for City Campus of UG

Accra, Aug. 14, GNA - Ms Elizabeth Ohene, Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education, said on Thursday that the proposed new fees for tertiary education she referred to in her interview with the GNA are for City Campus of UG, not all universities .

In a statement issued in Accra in reaction to a GNA story, which quoted her as saying negotiations were still going on about the fees to be paid by university students, she said at no time did a short conversation with the GNA reporter "stray beyond the City Campus of the University of Ghana.

"I have to state categorically that I have on no occasion said, suggested or intimated the things attributed to me in your story." Ms Ohene said she was asked about the City Campus of the University and the proposed fees for fresh students.

"These I told her, the University authorities were dealing with the matter. I told her the city campus was a new concept in which the University of Ghana was trying to establish a city campus as a separate entity from the main campus in Legon and they had drawn up a programme to put the new concept into effect.

"The proposed fees were, therefore, linked to the budget for the new programme they were seeking to introduce.

"The story I am afraid has caused a lot of confusion on campuses where the university authorities have quite properly finished their negotiations on fees and where registrations are starting and about to start."