Their intended action follows a directive from management that the school’s debt of GH¢ 2.7 million owed the electricity company of Ghana be shared among and paid by students.
Per the directive, all non-resident students are expected to pay an amount of 150 cedis while residents are to pay 300 cedis.
Power supply to the school was recent cut by the Electricity Company of Ghana leaving the school to run on power plants at a daily cost of 2,500 cedis.
According to the school’s management, they are unable to keep up with the daily spending and can neither afford an eighty per cent part payment arrangement proposed by ECG due to financial constraints and therefore have to resort to levying students an amount to help defray the debt.
Secretary to the Students’ Representative Council, Ms. Doreen Danso in an earlier interview revealed that students had been warned they will be denied the opportunity to write their end of semester exams should they fail to pay the levy.
Addressing a mini rally on the school’s campus on Thursday October 24, SRC President, Sualihu Hardi Ladan said the SRC is not in support of management’s decision and have resolved not to pay the amount since it comes with huge financial burden upon students.
He said, “we are not in support of whatever is happening…. Either government intervenes and come to our aid, or we will not pay.”
“We have students who are not even able to pay their fees, how much more an additional amount. We are fighting for the sake of justice. This is what we stand, the students will never pay,” he added.
Some students who spoke to 233livenews said they were unwilling to budge in spite of the school management’s threat and pressure.
Authorities of the school have given indications the school may be forced to close down if students fail to pay the amount and government does not intervene.
By: Jonas Nyabor