The leadership of the University Students’ Association of Ghana (USAG) has expressed grave concern regarding the persistent delays in disbursing educational loans.
USAG pointed out that these delays have continued to disrupt the academic activities of students, who heavily rely on these funds to finance their education.
The Association firmly believes that the ongoing delays in disbursing student loans undermine the very purpose for which the loan scheme was established.
The organization emphasizes that, given the current economic conditions, the government plays a crucial role in financially supporting students for their education.
Dr. Christian Ntsiful Addison, President of the University Students’ Association of Ghana (USAG), has called upon the government to allocate more dedicated funds to support the education of Ghanaian youth.
He said, “This year, we have had a lot of problems with the payment of our student loans. Students can go to school for the entire year and the money is not paid until the very next year, which frustrates the purpose for which it is there. So, the best way that we have come to realize that we can protect the education of the academic lives of our students is for the state to provide funds so that they can attend school and provide the means for them to be employed and repay after school.”
During its 22nd annual delegates’ congress in Kumasi, USAG also urged the government to create more job opportunities for the growing number of graduates.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Kwasi Agyeman Busia, who served as a guest speaker at the event, discussed the partnership between the DVLA and academia.
He indicated that the DVLA was also rolling out innovations that will enhance service delivery at its offices across the country.
The DVLA also aims to empower students with innovative solutions that are currently under development.
The Congress was themed “Harnessing Student Potential for Economic Revitalization and National Progress.”