Final year students of the Gambaga College of Education in the East Mamprusi District of the Northern Region on Friday staged a protest to demand payment of their outstanding feeding grant from government.
According to them, 217 students of the college have not been paid their feeding grant of GHC243.040 for each student for the 2015/2016 academic year.
They are therefore surprised that the grant for level 100 and 200 students have been released by the government and same received by the students but theirs remain unpaid.
The situation, they said, was adversely affecting them especially as they prepare to write their final exam.
They have expressed fears of losing their money should they complete their programme.
“Government in May this year paid the feeding grants for all public colleges…..In our case however, only and we, I mean only the level 100 and level 200 [students] benefited with the exception of level 300s of Gambaga College of Education,” rep of the students, Takar Laar Zacharia said.
They raised described that as unfair and called on the various stakeholders to explain to them why they were left out in the payment.“The entire abled-students of Gambaga College of Education seek to ask the stakeholders such as the Ministry of Education, the Ghana Education Service, principals of training colleges, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Local Government and all other stakeholders involved with the issues of the feeding grants, why were we left out?” they he asked.
The Dean of students, Meishanu Hamisu and the Secretary of the College, Yakubu Abdallah said as far as the college is concerned, Friday’s demonstration is illegal because the students did not follow due process.
They however admitted being aware of the intended demonstration.
But Zachariah disagreed, noting they issued letters to the Police in the district, the College authorities, the District Assembly, the District Education Office prior to their demonstration, hence their demonstration is legal.
Meanwhile, letters sighted by 3News showed the College authorities denied the students permission to go on demonstration.
Human Resource Manager of the East Mamprusi District Education Office, Ben Bukari Wudana who received the students, assured them the issue will be resolved soon.
By Tanko Mohammed Rabiu|TV3|3news.com|Ghana