Management of the University for Development Studies (UDS) has reduced academic fees for the 2020/2021 academic year by about 16%.
The reduction in fees is due to the financial impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on families and individuals. The decision by school authorities to reduce academic fees comes in the midst of an upward review of fees by other public tertiary institutions.
The role of the SRC cannot be overlooked taking into consideration that news of the reduction comes after the Students Representative Council petitioned school authorities over the need to review academic fees because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a communique signed by Christopher Otoo, the SRG president, he stated that reduction was expected to help reduce the burden on parents and some junior members who happen to pay their own fees.
“By this communiqué, without any display of ostentation, mention must be made that successfully, the interest of respected colleagues have been drummed collectively by leadership, and management without resentment has listened to our plea,” part of the communiqué reads
The SRC further reiterated its mandate of working in the interest of students and ensuring that their concerns are channeled to management.
Appropriately the fee for the 2020/2021 academic year has been reduced by 16%. This became necessary because of the emergence of covid-19 how it affected and continue to affect the economy. We expect that this reduction will mitigate the burden on parents and some junior members who pay their fees. Your interest has been prioritized and we promise never to look-on for anything that pass unattended to,” he added.