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High Fees at University for Development Studies, Whose fault?

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Higher education is being sought for in Ghana and although I know that is commendable, I must say some institutions are losing focus where fees are concerned. Given that they are autonomous bodies, one would think that some institutions will look at their surroundings before billing students to encourage them to pursue their dreams but no, they inflate the fees and scare many form pursuing further studies.

University for Development Studies (UDS) has very nice objectives for its existence:

General Objectives:

This community-technical interface is aimed at:

  • Promoting active and constructive interactions of both students and staff with the local communities to facilitate socio-economic transformation;
  • Exposing both students and lecturers, practically, to the nexus of development problems of deprived communities in Ghana and particularly in Northern Ghana;
  • Fostering favorable attitudes in students towards working in Deprived communities;
  • Supporting the District Assemblies, Local communities and other development actors to implement and sustain the government’s decentralization and other pro-poor programmes;
  • Placing the University in a better position to provide useful services through the exchange of knowledge and its application to address the intractable development needs and aspirations of these communities;
  • Informing the ongoing research, teaching and learning activities of the University, which are designed to meet the development needs of local communities.

So with all these fine outlinings, why will a course that cost about four thousand cedis in insttutions that tasted salt fifty years before UDS saw the light, cost six thousand cedis there? Now it cost almost 6000 cedis to offer two semesters of post graduate programme in UDS. My question is; where will the average Ghanaian with many dependants find money to offer this course? We all know education is expensive but should it be a means where many feel the pains of extortion? Again: Why will a university scattered in deprived regions cost so much? Did they really build the institution for the people to benefit?

I met many people in the interview room and was appalled to see many leaving when they received the bill. I approached one of them who said he had 1500 cedis which he thought could help pay at least half of the fees to give him enough time to find the rest. He stressed he could not pay the fees so saw no need to proceed with the interview and left.

This is pathetic and mother Ghana continues to weep. Now money gets certificate not competence because no matter how competent one is, if the person can’t raise the money for the study and qualification, then definitely, the person can run as fast as he or she can but will still be at one place.

Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2015

 

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5 replies on “High Fees at University for Development Studies, Whose fault?”

Issues concerning school fee worst up by day, is heretic to abondoned young talented children for no fee. What are the stakeholders including government doing about this cancerous disease of high fees in institutions

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Good questions Cecilia. Higher education should be a right to all who are willing and able to pursue it but it is not. The high cost separates those with money and those without regardless of their ability. It infuriates me when I see young people in my country who go to college and waste their time and money by partying all the time. Others, like myself, had to work two jobs and care for my disabled mom while earning my undergraduate degree. It was only through God’s grace that I was able to juggle all my responsibilities and earn my degree. However, in impoverished areas it is nearly impossible to even think about going to college and the cost continues to rise. I have to wonder if those that have the money and power now are trying to limit those who have access to higher education? Wouldn’t the nation profit more from offering education to all who had the ability to continue their studies? Imagine, if everyone who had the intellect could go as far as they wanted in their education instead of pushing a bunch of young people who have no direction, no desire, and perhaps no ability to achieve success in the world of academia. I do not pretend to know the answer but I do know that underdeveloped countries have unique and extra challenging problems when it comes to higher education and cost. I wonder if a volunteer internet faculty could offer their services to teach students in other countries without cost to those students. Maybe there is something like this already, I do not know. I was a former high school teacher and I have a masters degree. I would be more than willing to offer my services for free. I wish I knew how to put something like that together.

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