A motion has been moved by the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Hon Mahama Ayariga and heavily supported by Peter Nortsu, MP for Akatsi North that Parliament resolves to request the President of the Republic of Ghana to take urgent steps to suspend the payment of admission fees by new entrants into public tertiary education institutions and continuing students of those institutions for 2021 academic year as part of the national COVID-19 relief programmes being implemented by Government.
According to him, he anticipates a bi-partisan support on the fees and charges regime as he moves an urgent motion for the suspension of the application of fees and charges for tertiary institutions this year. His decision is borne out of the impact of COVID 19 on lives and household incomes which he says has made it difficult for parents to raise required monies.
Most tertiary institutions are requiring that students pay between GhC 4,000 to GhC 6,000 in fees but Mahama Ayariga contends that will be a burden on parents due to the impact of COVID.
Contributing to the motion, the former minister for education Hon. Mathew Opoku Prempeh stated that the motion moved by Mahama Ayariga for president to suspend admission fees of public universities is a incompetent and insult to parliament.
Also, Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon Alban Bagbin has ruled that the motion before the house is of urgent public importance and relevant.
According to him, he considered the motion and admitted it as a competent motion, and it is properly before the house. So he expects the house to either adopt it or reject it.
He further stated that, if anyone has a problem with the motion it was only fair to amend the motion but not to call it incompetent.
Calling on members to debate the private member motion which was moved by Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga following the motions competence. He however urged members that a written ruling on the matter will later be submitted to the house by his very good self.