According to former NaCCA boss, Prince Hamid Armah (PhD) the Nana Akufo-Addo led government (New Patriotic Party) has better plans for tertiary students in the country for the 2021/2022 academic year.
The Kwesimintsim Member of Parliament comment comes after Parliament Thursday 28th January 2021 dismissed Hon. Mahama Ayariga motion for payment of tertiary fees for the 2020/2021 academic year to be suspended.
Prince Hamid Armah in a post sighted by Educationweb.com.gh said the NPP administration has already thought and has in characteristic fashion, devised some innovative solutions to the burden on tertiary students that do not involve endangering the economy and are more sustainable.
He cited that the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in their 2020 manifesto proposed to remove all impediments to the acquisition of student loans, including the need for guarantors.
“When effected, this will mean that with only a Ghana Card, any student can access the loan and apply some of it to these fees”
“On page 154 of the manifesto, we undertake to make sure no student who has obtained admission to a tertiary institution is denied access because they are unable to pay fees
“We will provide all such students, with the exception of teacher and nurse trainees who are paid allowances, an option to obtain a student loan:
• without the requirement of a guarantor for the loan, provided he or she has a National Identification Number from the Ghana Card, and
• defer repayment of the loan after National Service plus an additional one-year grace period”.
The former Executive Secretary of the National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NaCCA) said he is of the belief that combination of these measures gives hope Ghanaian tertiary students and mean they do not have to risk our economic recovery on an ill-defined intervention.