Government says students in public tertiary institutions will now have to pay their own utility bills as one of the ‘innovative, alternative means’ to tackle increasing utility debts in public universities.
The decision came out of a 25th March 2015 meeting which drew stakeholders in tertiary education to one auditorium at the University of Professional Studies.
Leaders of students and teachers including those in vocational institutions, administrators, education NGOs, the Energy Commission and Accountant-General’s department formed part of the historic decision that takes cost-sharing debating to a new level.
“The Government of Ghana has been solely responsible for the payment of tariffs on utilities in public tertiary education institutions. Government’s sole responsibility for the payment of the cost of utilities used in tertiary education institutions is not sustainable”.
In the new arrangement, lecturers living on campus will also have to pay their share while Government commits to pay utilities arising from the use of academic facilities and administrative units.
The new policy had been expected after Ghana Water Company cut water supply to KNUST over a 6 million cedi debt.
The universities earlier warned that failure of Government to settle the debt will leave them no choice than to push the cost to students.