Ghanaians Studying in Russia Laments Over Unpaid Allowances

National Union of Ghana Students, Russia

The National Executive Committee and the entire membership of the National Union of Ghana Students, Russia are calling for an immediate intervention from government concerning stipends owed students on scholarship for the past ten months.

These students, number over 200 got themselves to Russia through the bilateral agreement between both countries.

The Russian side of the contract has been diligently upheld with no records of non-payment of tuition fees for the past years since this agreement was institutionalized.

It is very unfortunate it happens to be a very different story for the Ghanaian side whose citizens are given a tuition free education by the Russian government. According to them, not only are they receiving the least amount of monthly allowances as compared to other countries but students have always been battling the challenge of delayed payments. Most of them have not been able to settle outstanding debts in hostel fees, books etc.

PhD students who are about to graduate are in complete fear and panic since they might not be able to defend their work due to the lack of funds to complete them.

According to the national executives, tried as they have, they have exhausted the highest form of diplomacy in this case contacting the necessary institutions as well as the main authorities involved. Countless number of letters have equally been written with assurances but no results.

According to leadership, students would have loved to help themselves in this regard but unfortunately, they find themselves in a country like Russia, where it is illegal for students to work to get something for themselves.

They are therefore left with no option than to rely on the amount being sent by the government to them.

They are currently so vulnerable leaving at the mercies of the Russian authorities and fear of an abrupt end to their studies in Russia as far as this unfortunate canker and havoc is being bestowed upon them

They therefore would like to call on the Government to take them out of this unfortunate circumstance surrounding them by releasing monies owed to enable them pay their debts and hope a lasting solution is being implemented to avoid recurrence.

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