Ghanaian Students In The UK To Demonstrate Over Nonpayment Of Stipends On Independence Day
Ghanaian students studying on Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) scholarship at various levels of education in the United Kingdom (UK) are planning to demonstrate over nonpayment of stipends for the past six months.
The students say, they have not received their monthly stipends due them since September 2016, and are planning to demonstrate at the Ghanaian High Commission in London on Independence Day after many calls and emails to managers of GETFund have yielded no positive results. They say, the Relationship Officers at GETFund do not answer their calls or reply their emails.
“Every report and emails to them to achieve results have proven futile. They do not reply the emails let alone pick up the many calls we place at their front,” one of the students, who wants to remain anonymous said in an email to GhCampus.com.
He said the situation has plunged most of the students into huge debts, compelling some of the students to pick up menial jobs in order to survive.
“Many of the students have accumulated debts ranging from rent, fees, etc. with some reported cases of eviction from their apartments. Some have as a result sacrificed their academic work for menial jobs for survival, but that seems not to survive them,” he said.
In the meantime, the students have decided to write to the Ghanaian High Commission and copy United Kingdom Home Office to intervene in the matter, and if no solution has been offered by 1st March, 2017, they shall have a peaceful demonstration to the Ghanaian High Commission in London on the 6th of March 2017.
Ghana will on 6th March, 2017 celebrate 60th Independence anniversary and these students have chosen this day to register their displeasure with the way they have been treated over the past six months. They threaten to do everything possible to spend the night at the Ghana High Commission.