General News of Monday, 26 May 2014

Source: peacefmonline

Kofi Jumah: Students must resist Univ. subvention cuts

Maxwell Kofi Jumah, former Mayor of Kumasi and Member of Parliament for Asokwa has urged students in the country to rebel against a decision by government to cut subventions to public universities.

He says to ensure that public universities charge economical fees with little burden on the poor in society, students must reject the imposition of such a policy.

“…the students should not allow it. They should not give government that comfort. Either Public Universities will no longer be public Universities and let’s sell it off including the shares, and then make them private Universities. But if they are public Universities, then it is an obligation to all of us to make sure they charge economical fees,” he stated.

Speaking on Oman FM's National Agenda programme, the former Asokwa MP said the removal of any form of governmental subvention to Universities will not augur well for the nation, hence admonished the current administration to reconsider any such decision.

The Government of Ghana is reported to have cancelled teacher trainee allowances to public teachers in the nation.

The teacher trainee allowance was a means of sustenance to teachers, particularly those posted to rural areas to render their services in the educational sector.

The allowances also motivated the teachers to offer their best, but the cancellation of it is thought of by the general public and a section of the political divide as an inhumane act.

To further compound the challenges the educational sector is facing, there are rumours that the government may also cut back its subvention to Public Universities.