Government must increase fees of students in public universities, says economist

The economist argues this could help boost the finances of public universities and lessen the pressure on government's wage bill

A development economist at the Centre for Social Policy of the University of Ghana, Dr Kojo Poku has urged the government to consider increasing fees for students in the public universities in the country.

The economist argues this could help boost the finances of public universities and lessen the pressure on the government’s wage bill.

Speaking to Benjamin Offei-Addo on the back of the 2024 Budget on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Thursday (16 November), Kojo Poku called for a national conversation on the issue.

“There are certain public sector agencies that government can wean itself from its wage bill, as we speak, students pay GHC1,700 for the whole academic year as fees, will the parties all put aside political biases and say no university in the world will ask students to pay US$150 the whole academic year to fund their education.

“If that can be increased a little bit, so that the subventions that come to the universities, the government can also get some space …”

“Don’t forget that, there are a lot of public universities now, over 30 of them. So we need to come to terms with the fact that, this UTAG and government wars can be solved partially if enough fees can be raised to supplement the wages of university workers,” he said.

Listen to Dr Kojo Poku in the attached audio clip below: 

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

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