In a statement signed by Paa-Quecy Adu, NUGS President and copied to News Ghana to mark the National Students’ Day, he said that students movement in Ghana has largely contributed in one way or the other to the sanity and implementation of national policies and international concerns are well shaped towards ensuring the development of our nation Ghana.
“The students of Ghana under the leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students have over the fifty years of existence initiated policies that have become useful to the nation and have become indispensable to the forward march of our Republic.”
“Mention can be made of the Students Loan Trust Fund, the GETFund, The 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, and the National Service Scheme among others.”
He said, History equally recalls that it took Students’ Activism to ensure that Ghana returned to Democratic governance system, and some student leaders paid painful prices to have Ghana where it is today.
According to NUGS, Students have equally contributed to the high sense of patriotism and solidarity among Ghanaians and that, “If we are celebrating students today, then we equally need to recount some of the challenges of the students of Ghana and also need to touch on some national issues that directly or indirectly affect students of Ghana and Ghanaian Students abroad.”
NUGS called on the government to as a matter of necessity; See to the release of funds that are meant for the upkeep of students in the senior high schools and Ghanaian Students studying abroad on government sponsorship, Expand the infrastructure of schools and institutions that are suffering from infrastructural deficit which has resulted in them admitting more students than their facilities could, To review it’s economic policies (IMF Conditionalities) to enable parents who cannot afford taking care of their wards in senior high schools and tertiary institutions do so, through gainful employment and That government through the National Communications Authority critically study the demand of some telecommunication firms to ban internet calls.
“The call, we think if approved, will certainly have adverse effect on many people especially students, market women and young persons in Ghana. That Government through the Ministry of Education and all other stakeholders put realistic measures in place to stop the situation where our educational institutions teach pupils “what to think about” and not “how to think”, right from the basic level to tertiary level of education.”