KNUST relaxes fee payment regulation which led 6k defer courses

Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has relaxed the Student Credit and Debt Management Policy.

The Policy, enforced on Wednesday, April 20, left over 6,000 students on the brink of deferring programmes.

But calls from stakeholders of the Kumasi-based tertiary institution have left authorities with no option than to give defaulting students reprieve.

“We are a human institution and we have been listening to the plea of many stakeholders,” said the University Relations Officer (URO) Dr Daniel Norris Bekoe.

Affected students have been given the opportunity to pay 70 percent of the debt and re-register for their course to be able to sit the end-of-semester examinations.

“If a student pays up, management is ready to look at it. So, those who have paid the 70 percent have gone ahead to register their courses. Definitely, we are not interested in getting students out of the university but we have bills to pay,” Dr Bekoe stated.

He said the reaction by the public is not fair to the university as running costs are suffocating it and the fees are needed to settle some of the bills.

Meanwhile, more students continue to pay up their fees 24 hours after the warning was issued.

“I’m happy to report to you that from [Wednesday], out of the affected number of students, as of [Thursday] morning, over 400 of those people have run to go and pay.

“So where did the money come from all of a sudden? It is the usual Ghanaian attitude.”

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