Beneficiaries of the Students Loan Trust Fund are impressing upon the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) and the University Students Association of Ghana (USAG) to intervene by impressing upon government to disburse their loans to them without any further delay.
According to the beneficiaries, government seems to have deliberately neglected them by reneging on its responsibility of paying their loans which they depend on to go through their education at the tertiary level.
The Coalition of Student Loan Trust Fund Beneficiaries in a statement also cited government for discrimination, saying all attention seems to be concentrated on nursing and teacher trainees.
‘’The NPP government has ignored the university students and rather focusing only on Nursing and the teacher trainees. The government has sealed its ears to our cry and has forgotten their campaign promise to university students that they would increase the SLTF by 50% when voted into power. The NPP government has also forgotten that the university students don’t take allowances but rather loans, which supports their successful studies through university education’’ the statement said.
The statement continued that ‘’ the government has failed to pay the students loan on time. Students were turned away from writing their exams last semester because they were not able to fulfill their financial obligations to their various institutions. This semester money too has been delayed. The semester is almost at the end and the student loan has still not been disbursed. Students are asked to vacate their hostels because they have not paid the hostel rent fees in full. Students on the fund are therefore saying enough is enough government’’.