Office of the DoS: Petition to Reduce GUSSS Hostel Prices Now!

Office of the DoS: Petition to Reduce GUSSS Hostel Prices Now!

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Daniel Silas Kwabena Acquaah Jnr started this petition to Office of the Dean of Students (DoS) and

This petition is to address the issue of increased hostel prices as released by GUSSS hostel, KNUST on Friday, April 30, 2021. The hike in prices has placed a lot of pressure on students and their parents coupled with the hard economic crises which surfaced post COVID-19 era.

Again, the release also came with a deadline of payment for all Ghanaian residents by Friday, June 18, 2021. The timeline from the date of release to deadline of payment is so short and it’s evident most students cannot meet the said deadline with regards to even making full payments. 

More importantly, a larger population of the student body are from low to middle class families and it’s always been a struggle for them to pay tuition and accommodation fees. Recently, the school released a communique asking students to pay their fees as the number of students owing got larger and makes the school unable to fund most of its activities.

Most students are currently on loans and those financing these students are even yet to fulfill such financial obligations. COVID-19 has made things difficult for everyone worldwide and this has surfaced the term “we’re not in normal times.” In as much as prices have increased, the new normal is to be considerate & fair in all dealings.

With this in mind, increasing hostel fees would be at a disadvantage to the students affecting them psychologically which in turn could affect their academic performance as well.

Moreover, off-campus hostel managers rely on campus hostel prices to draft their prices for the academic year. Considering this new release, the larger student population resident off-campus will also have a fair share of increased hostel prices soon which affects the entire student populace.

As a student and President of Unity Hall, I Daniel Silas Kwabena Acquaah Jnr alongside students of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, who have signed this petition would like to hereby make an appeal to the aforementioned stakeholders to reduce or if possible, retract their decision of increasing hostel fees as soon as possible. Moreover, we also plead for an extension of the stated deadline so that students have ample time to make such payments and if possible, half payments as a starter. 

Counting on your usual cooperation as always.

#ReduceHostelPricesNow

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