The President of the Private University Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG), Mohammed Adams Sukparu has urged the government to roll out policies that would directly benefit students of private universities so as to contribute meaningfully to the development of the nation.
“PUSAG only requires government to roll out policies such as extending the Ghana Education Trust Fund(GETFund), reducing the 25 per cent corporate tax levied on private universities and payment of subsidies to cushion students against exorbitant fees confronting us, among several others,” he said.
Mr. Sukparu made the call at the ninth national delegates congress of the association held at Oyibi, near Accra at the weekend.
It was on the theme, “Raising critical and problem solving leaders to impact generations:The role of private universities.”
Mr. Sukparu noted that the association would continue to raise genuine concerns in the interest of members, and debunked an assertion that the association had been pressurising the government to initiate projects on campuses of private universities.
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, a Deputy Minister of Education, advised the association to collaborate with the ministry in order to address their concerns, and also pledged the ministry’s cooperation with the various student groups to achieve their objectives.
Professor Kwasi Yankah, Chairman of the Council of Independent Private Universities, for his part, was glad that over the past decade, student congresses had moved from becoming battle grounds to platforms for raising critical issues about governance, nation building, students’ welfare and related matters, and advised the leadership of student associations to sustain the positive attitude.
By Times Reporter