National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has commended the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) for staging a demonstration against what they deem delays in the release of their bursaries and thesis grants.
Their action is to put pressure on government to fast-track processes to pay them their monies, which have been in arrears since last academic year.
GRASAG earlier this month planned to picket at the Flagstaff House over their concerns, but called it off to further engage government to address their concerns.
However, a statement signed and issued by leadership of NUGS who are Victoria Ascerta, Paul Gyan and Thomas Takyi-Bonsu, and copied to Today yesterday, noted that NUGS has taken notice of the discomfort being inflicted on one of its blocs- GRASAG.
And, the statement pointed out that, as the mother union of the student fraternity in Ghana, it deems it a necessity to solidarise with the graduate students in Ghana to demand for their constitutional right.
NUGS in the statement relayed that it has been two years that government has refused to pay bursaries of graduate students in Ghana.
It asserted that graduate students are slapped day-in-and-day-out with numerous economic challenges regarding their academic progress, in the area of research allowance and other important aspects of their academics, a situation which stampedes a harmonious environment for studies.
Beyond the apathy set in members for graduate studies, the statement said it was also a damage to the corporate image since they were compelled to secure loans with high interest to supplement their research lessons which is increasingly becoming very expensive.
“Our attention has also been drawn to a letter forwarded to the ministry of finance for payment to be effected but this has been the attitude of government over the past 6 years, which is that they will wait for an action to be taken before they see the need to act.
“…we want to unequivocally tell government to take education with all the seriousness it deserves because education is the backbone of every nation.
The statement appealed to government and all stakeholders in the educational sector to give the concerns of the student’s attention without delay “because it is becoming an attitude which is shaking the foundations of this country.
It said NUGS therefore by this release supports the leadership of GRASAG to demand the immediate disbursement of funds to enable all graduate students get back to their classrooms and have time for their research engagement.
NUGS also called on the rank-and-file of all student unions to support this crusade in the spirit of student solidarity which underpins “our collective interest for the love of God and country.”
It stressed that “education is and must remain a right rather than a preserve for the few who have the financial support.”
Source: Ghana/todaygh.com/Freeman Koryekpor Awlesu