A students’ leader and advocate of the University of Education, Winneba, Solomon Adutwum Sarpong has petitioned the president of the republic of Ghana, His excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo to to give university students in Ghana monthly allowance to support them in their education.
Read the full petition below:
We would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government led by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Just within nine months of being in office, the people of Ghana have indeed felt the change they voted for. At least if for nothing at all, for implementing the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme, launching the one-district, one-factory, rolling out a paperless system at the ports, rolling out the Ghana card and restoring teacher trainees and nursing trainee allowances.
To go straight to the point, we are aware that our sister schools (training colleges and nursing training institutions to be precise) have started receiving monthly allowances.
We are also aware that their jobs are guaranteed right after their stay on campus.
Drawing a line between students who find themselves in universities and our sister schools, we realise that students in the universities pay fees each year, in addition to the payment of hall dues, Students Representative Council (SRC) dues, departmental dues, hostel fees and the purchasing of books. Admission fees are being increased exponentially each year, not to talk of the sale of forms.
This is not to say that we are not happy for our sisters and brothers who find themselves in the aforesaid institutions.
What we want to put across is that what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
In view of that, we are calling on the government to also attend to our needs. We will appreciate it greatly if the government, as part of its budget come 2018, could cater for allowances each year to be given to all final-year students who find themselves in the universities to cover some of the expenses incurred in the course of carrying out their project work.
We believe strongly that if this policy is implemented, it will go a long way to reduce the burden many students go through before they graduate. It will also reduce some of the financial challenges parents face when it is time for their children to graduate.
We know that your government is a listening government and is capable of reversing the current trend.
Credit: SOLOMON ADUTWUM SARPONG