Members of Parliament will on Wednesday 20th January, 2021 decide on a motion to suspend the payment of admission fees by tertiary students for the 2021 academic year.
Bawku Central MP, Mahama Ayariga wrote to the speaker of Parliament to seek approval to move a motion that will have the House request President Akufo-Addo to take steps to suspend the payment of fees by first-year and continuing tertiary students for the 2021 academic year.
The speaker, Alban Bagbin in acknowledging and reading the motion to the house ruled that the MPs will decide on the motion on Wednesday and thereby urged them to be present and participate effectively on the matter.
Mahama Ayariga, in his written submission had sort to rally the house of legislature so that steps could be taken to suspend the payment of admission fees by new entrants into public tertiary education institutions and continuing students, as part of the national COVID relief programmes being implemented by Government.
The MP for Bawku Central indicated that he was hopeful to receive strong support from both sides of the House to the motion since the effect of the global pandemic was consistent with every household in the country, regardless of party affiliation.
He stated further that COVID had constrained household incomes to the extent that the President had to take on the payment of water bills and electricity bills of households, and it was therefore challenging for affected households whose income had been badly affected by the pandemic to be requested to pay fees to tertiary institutions.