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VC of Bolga Technical University decries students’ attitude of evading payment of school fees

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The Vice-Chancellor of Bolgatanga Technical University (BTU), Professor Samuel Erasmus Alnaa, has expressed concern about the behavior of some students at the institution when it comes to the payment of fees.

“Some students would come, and for the whole academic year, they won’t pay the fees until we are writing exams, and even then, we would have to force them, and even then, some would still not pay. They come to school on credit.”

“They would be in school until they graduate. When they graduate and are coming for graduation, that is when they decide to pay everything. It would mean we have taught you on credit. The last academic year, I was surprised to see the number of final-year students who haven’t paid fees, totaling about GHC 170,000 or so. Some may even have the fees, and they won’t pay.”

Professor Alnaa made these statements when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show today, Monday, November 13, 2023. He was addressing the indebtedness of the school to NEDCo.

It would be recalled that Bolgatanga Technical University (BTU), on Tuesday, 18th April 2023, was disconnected by NEDCO over a GHC 1.8 million debt.

After the disconnection, the Vice-Chancellor of Bolgatanga Technical University (BTU) in the Upper East Region, Professor Samuel Alnaa, indicated that the university management has made a part payment of GHC 150,000.00 out of the GHC 1.8 million debt owed to NEDCO.

The Northern Electricity Distribution Company, a subsidiary of the Volta River Authority in the Upper East Region, has embarked on two mass revenue mobilization exercises this year.

The exercises aim to help the organization retrieve some of the GHC 125 million owed to the company by consumers in the region.

When the Vice-Chancellor of BTU, Professor Samuel Alnaa, spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show today, Monday, November 13, 2023, he mentioned that the institution still has debts but has received some flexible payment terms from NEDCo.

“As long as we owe them, the issues have not been resolved. They have been very generous to us because they understand the situation we are in. They also understand their situation because they also have to generate revenue. The system is such that the government is no longer providing for everybody.”

“We do not get a subvention for electricity, water, or even goods and services. All we do now depends on our IGF; which is the fee students pay. Everything we do now as a university is from the fees students pay. There are some cost components we don’t charge students, but we provide them. For example, electricity, we don’t charge the students for electricity, but we still have to pay for electricity,” he explained.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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