The newly approved hostel rates announced by the Ghana Hostels at the University of Ghana (UG) have sparked outrage among a section of Ghanaians.
The latest to join those outraged by the new rates is a Deputy ranking member of the Education Committee of Parliament, Dr Clement Apaak.
The new cost for a student in an airconditioned (big) room (ensuite) is GH¢24,363.00 whereas the small is GH¢21,820.00.
The cheapest rate is four students in a room (shared) is Ghc4,928.00.
Reacting to this, Dr Clement Apaak described the new rate as exorbitant.
He questioned how many parents could afford the new exorbitant rates.
As a result, he has called for a national discussion about university student accommodation.
According to him, the new rate was nearly identical in other universities.
This, he lamented, would deny the poor access to accommodation in our universities.
“Exorbitant to put it mildly. How many parents can afford to pay these outrageous amounts for hostel accommodation for their wards? What happens to the poor? Information is that it’s same in other Universities. We need a national conversation on accommodation for students.”
How should I explain to someone that Ghc4500 which is the price of 4-in-room at Legon is the average price of 2-in-room at KNUST. pic.twitter.com/4ZFQ2Ygvep
— Fosty (@KwasiNawil) July 13, 2023
You want students who aren’t working to pay such amounts?
The evil is from our leaders la.
We are only seeing the ripple effect around
— Kooko 2 cedis (@AyigbeBeZoZ) July 13, 2023
One thing i have promised myself is that i will try as much as possible to avoid sending my kids to any overpriced University in Ghana.
Sia money wey somebro go fi take do masters den dey post for here like that.
Legon Pent den that KNUST brunei all demma owners are wicked. pic.twitter.com/e5ca9J8AYY
— fantasma ???????????? (@GyeduErnest) July 13, 2023
If you own property or you get empty boys quarters for Legon & surrounding areas, this is your sign to open a hostel and make money from cheaper rates ! What dis? ???? https://t.co/wylxKj4FWl
— Arde-Acquah PD (@_pauldavid_) July 13, 2023
— N.L (@NII_DO_THIS) July 13, 2023
The Legon hostels fees be expensive hope something would be done about cos eeeeeiiiiiii
— Dinero (@yawhdinero) July 13, 2023
Legon hostel fee nkoaa nono??? Ei Ghana ???? pic.twitter.com/A69Y0cmnNj
— Obaa Afya Hipsy????????♀️???? (@HipsyAfya) July 13, 2023
Hostel rates in Legon pic.twitter.com/wVRJ8n22Wz
— Essel (@Esselguy) July 13, 2023
Ago take rent for East legon. Even 500 per month makes sense and it'll be a 1 in a room as well pic.twitter.com/0tlGNO4rVz
— ❶????ⓐ???????????????? (@AintWizi_) July 14, 2023
Ago carry that money go rent for Madina Zongo than to acquire room
For Legon pent hall Eii ????????
— BIGUPS TO NYAME???????????????????? (@BIGUPS_TO_NYAME) July 13, 2023
This be what dem dey do for the Legon there ????????? pic.twitter.com/NbdUeAZEZJ
— Kumasi Mayor???? (@HenryKnight_) July 13, 2023
— Amoako (@myamoako_blog) July 13, 2023