Accommodation continues to be a major challenge for students with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) due to huge debts owed by the students themselves.
According to the University’s Relations Officer (URO), Dr. Norris Bekoe the students have themselves to be blamed for the inability of authorities to construct hostel facilities to absorb the overcrowding student population.
“2/3 of the students haven’t paid their fees for many reasons. That makes it difficult for us to also use our Internal Generated Funds to construct hostels to help curb the overcrowding”, University’s Relations Officer (URO), URO revealed.
KNUST students had embarked on a demonstration against what they described as, ‘killer increment’ in charges for accommodation owned by private individuals demanding that Management intervenes to stop the high cost of accommodation to be borne by students.
While addressing students’ challenges on Kumasi-based Akoma FM monitored by MyNewsGh.com, Dr. Norris Bekoe explained KNUST cannot be responsible for the price hike.
“These hotels in question are owned by private individuals. They determine their prices and KNUST has nothing to do with the prices they are taking. We can only plead for them to reduce it”, URO told host Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin during a telephone conversation.
Dr. Norris Bekoe however revealed that authorities of the University are engaging the relevant stakeholders, both the private hostel authorities and the hostel association under KNUST, to come to an amicable solution.
“Management led by the Office of the Dean of students has been having some discussions with the hostel managers especially, those who have registered with us. The arrangement has been that their increment, if any, should not go beyond 10 percent. Usually, the increment is between 10 to 12 percent. So, most of them are adhering to that but those who are not registered with the University, are charging those astronomical rents”, he said.