KNUST students who claim to be addicted to betting need therapy – Ablakwa

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The MP for North Tongu said students at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), who allegedly used their fees to gamble due to addiction, must undergo therapy.

In a Facebook post, Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa also urged the Ghana Gaming Commission to improve its regulatory role.

“For the category of students allegedly addicted to betting, we owe them therapy and an improved regulatory climate by the Ghana Gaming Commission,” he wrote.

Mr. Ablakwa noted that Ghana has yet to reach the best global standards for Gross Enrollment Rate (GER) in university education, therefore, “terminating their education cannot be an option.”

Mr. Ablakwa made the request while commending KNUST management and Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum for suspending the deferment of defaulters.

“It is absolutely gratifying that 6,000 KNUST students did not have to reluctantly return to their various homes this weekend against their will just because they owe tuition fees.

“For their empathy and their demonstration of humanity in responding positively to our appeals – I congratulate the management of KNUST and the Minister of Education,” he wrote.

On April 20, it was reported that approximately 6,000 students were forced by the University to postpone their classes due to their inability to pay their fees.

The University’s public relations officer, Dr. Daniel Norris Bekoe, noted that some students have invested their fees in businesses such as betting, buying vehicles for online transport services and baking.

But on April 22, management imposed a moratorium on deferring defaulting college fees.

The University Council, in a consultative meeting with the government through the Department of Education, has therefore agreed to extend the time for defaulters to settle arrears.

Speaking to a presser, Education Minister Dr Yaw Adu-Twum revealed that the government would support defaulters through the Student Loans Trust Fund.

In response to the new deadline, Mr Ablakwa urged the government to do its best to help affected students.

“It is also imperative that the government clears all outstanding arrears and releases additional funds for student support programs such as the Students’ Loan Trust, Scholarship Secretariat and GETFund to avert another crisis. on time,” he added.

Prior to the reversal of the management’s decision, residents of the Unity Hall Traditional Council (UTC), commonly known as Conti Hall, took to Twitter with the hashtag #ContiAgainstDeferrals.

Images of students holding signs with inscriptions such as “Postponement is not an option”, “Remember the son of the charcoal seller”, “The government even needs E-levy to survive”, have been widely shared on space.

They asked management to provide a flexible payment policy for students.

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