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NUGS Accuses University Authorities of “Breaking Students’ Front with Victimization”

The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has raised concerns about the alleged victimization of student leaders by university authorities.

According to NUGS, there have been several incidents of harassment, intimidation, and unfair treatment toward local NUGS leadership, raising questions about the state of student rights and academic freedom within higher education institutions.

Daniel Oppong Kyeremeh, the president of NUGS, emphasized the crucial role of student leaders in advocating for the rights and welfare of their fellow students. He stated that any form of victimization against them undermines democratic principles and values of academic freedom.

Speaking at the maiden NUGS educational conference at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kyeremeh vowed to resist such actions, urging student leaders not to fear and to speak out against issues affecting the student body.

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He highlighted challenges faced by student leaders, such as limited access to their own funds, which he described as problematic. Kyeremeh encouraged student leaders to draw inspiration from past student movements that led to significant changes, such as the establishment of the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund).

NUGS is also calling on the government to uncap the GETFund, which it believes has negatively impacted the allocation of resources to the Student Loan Trust Fund and other educational agencies. Kyeremeh reiterated NUGS’ commitment to intensifying advocacy efforts to address this issue and ensure adequate support for education in Ghana.

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