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Education Ministry directs Public Universities to refund unlawful fees



Education Ministry directs Public Universities to refund unlawful fees 49

Public institutions that charged more than the 15% authorized fees have been urged by the Ministry of Education to refund the additional money that students paid.

The instruction follows a meeting that the Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, held on Thursday with representatives of some universities’ administrations and the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) in response to complaints that some institutions, including the University of Ghana, were charging university fees that were higher than those that had been approved.

The Ministry of Education’s Public Relations Officer, Kwasi Kwarteng, stated in an interview with Citi’s Eyewitness News that “the expectation is that any person who paid more than the approved tuition should have his or her money repaid and this, the University authorities agreed to.” If you charge someone more than the approved fee of 15% per charge, it is only fair that you issue a refund.

‘I can confirm that KNUST, UEW, UCC and UMAT have complied and communicated the same to their students” he said

The public relations officer responded, “We don’t believe it will reach to that stage,” when asked what penalties will be applied to universities that don’t follow the instruction adding that the Universities were charging more than the 15% cut approved by parliament and that is how come the minister intervened.