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PUSAG appeals for loan increase to private students

 

Mr Samuel Okyere PUSAG

Accra, June 29, GNA – Mr Samuel Okyere, the
President of Private Universities Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG) has
appealed to government to increase the allocation of loans to private tertiary
students.

He said this had become necessary due to the
huge cost incurred by students in the private learning institutions.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News
Agency in Accra on Wednesday

 Mr Samuel Okyere, the
President of Private Universities Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG) has
appealed to government to increase the allocation of loans to private tertiary
students.

He said this had become necessary due to the
huge cost incurred by students in the private learning institutions.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News
Agency in Accra on Wednesday, Mr Okyere said private students appreciated
government’s gesture of extending financial support to them.

He said, however, that the financial assistance
was quite inadequate and pleaded with the government to consider increasing the
allocation to enable them to meet their needs such as payment of utilities,
high cost of fees, among others.

Mr Okyere cited extracts from the 2015 annual
report of the students’ loan disbursement and statistics showed that 43 per
cent of students in the public universities enjoyed the facility whilst only 11
per cent of the students in the private sector benefitted.

He suggested that government should increase the
GETFund and the Students’ Loan Trust Fund allocations to enable the two
institutions to address their concerns and urged government to work hard to
reduce corruption and waste in the system.

He said all the 10 public universities were
enjoying the students’ loan, but 35 out of the 70 private institutions were
benefitting and that the inequality must be addressed, adding that private
universities were providing immense service to the nation.

 

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