The National Association Of Ghana Students have come together with one voice to resist the payment of utility bills which heads of institutions across the country are making them pay.
The President of the association, Michael Paa-Quecy Adu has asked principals and school heads to desist from collecting utility bills from their students. He has also called for the refund of the payments collected from the students. He says the union would not be held responsible for any action they decide to take on the situation.
He made this clear during the 21st general assembly of the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana (TTAG). Michael while addressing the assembly sounded a note of warning to school heads to stop collecting utility bills as the government ought to give them allowances for their utilities.
I am warning them to stop collecting utility bills from students or we will come after them. Government cannot renege on its responsibility and pass same to students.
He continued that it was the responsibility of the government who is the employer to provide and make available the necessary resources for institutional heads who will subsequently provide the resources to the customers who are the students.
If a student could not pay his fees for a term or two, the student does not go to the government or PRINCOF chairman or the principal to say that principal this term I have not been able to pay my fees so pay some for me; it does not happen. It is not that we won’t pay, the fact is that we can’t pay, that is why we say we won’t pay.
The general assembly was given the theme “The Teacher Trainee; An Icon for National Development”, and was chaired by Togbega Loh I, the Paramount Chief of Wli Traditional area. Ways to improve the working conditions of both student teachers and teacher trainees were also pondered on during the assembly.
The NUGS had also included this issue of utility not issued in February 2015 to decry some unfavourable matters concerning students of Ghana.