KNUST SRC To Demonstrate Over Exhorbitant Hostel Facility Fees

Caleb FugahThe Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has threatened to demonstrate against managers of private hostel facilities if they do not review downwards the cost of hostel facilities.

The SRC in a press conference last Friday charged students not to pay the fees demanded until the ‘unfair and unjustifiable’ increase in prices is address, adding that they will be compelled to hold a massive demonstration against the facility managers if they do not make a favourable decision by 20th March 2014.

President of the Student Representative Council, Mr. Caleb Fugah said:

“Indeed, the SRC considers the unilateral increase by the Hostel Management Association at the West End Hostel without recourse to the student leadership as a breach of trust following a February 5, 2014, agreement reached by the two bodies.”

The student body have also sent a petition of the Chancellor of the University, Otumfour Osei Tutu II, calling for his intervention while appealing to government to set up a regulatory body to regulate the activities of private hostels and exempt them from taxes since any imposition of taxes on them might be passed on to students.

Mr. Caleb Fugah futher revealed that the privat hostels charged GHS 1,900.00 instead of an agreed GHS1,200.00, a difference he said was outrageous.
Hostel managers in counter however said the recent increase in charges was due to an increase in licence charges by tourist authorities, increase in property tax and increase in revenue taxes.

However, the SRC president said hostels in Kumasi Polytechnic and the University of Education, Kumasi campus also paid the same charges yet their prices were very moderate.

70% of students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology live in private hostels around campus.

Source: 233livenews

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