Over 6000 students have been deferred by the Academic Board of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) due to non-payment of school fees.
For non-payment of academic user fees, the institution’s administration postponed the programs of about 8% of the 85,256 students.
The students were given a payment deadline of March 24, 2022, but they failed, and the period was extended until April 7, 2022.
On Tuesday, April 19, 2022, in the afternoon, several of the students got letters from the university’s board stating that they had been postponed owing to their failure to satisfy the minimal criteria of the KNUST fees Credit and Debt Management Policy.
“Dear student, your programme has been deferred as you have not met the minimum requirement of the KNUST fees Credit and Debt Management Policy. Thank you.”
In response to the development, Valentine Essoun, PRO of the Student’s Representative Council (SRC), stated,
“It is not a good situation for all of us. First and foremost, we all understand that there is a need for us to pay the fees, but we have a system that allows us to pay before the semester. This new system just came in, and this system is something that we are not used to.”
“Right now, our SRC leaders are engaging with management to bring students return to school as quickly as possible.”
“So by the end of the day or tomorrow, the list of students to help will be out, and the SRC will support them financially to pass that barrier,” he stated in an interview with Accra-based Starr FM.