Mr Speaker, I beg to move, clause 22, subclause 1, paragraph (a), delete and insert the following:
“the halls or hostels of residence developed by -
(1) the university or
( 2 ) o t h e r p r i v a t e a n d public persons.
Mr Speaker, the purpose for this change of position is that, the university believes that it has a duty to be concerned with the students that register with the university. For that matter, it plays some sort of parental role over whoever is there, whether resident or otherwise, and therefore, it considers it a duty to be concerned with whatever is happening to these students during the school term. And therefore, feels that if we go by the amendment that was accepted the other day, it would mean that we are taking that responsibility from the university which they believe is irresponsible on our part.
Also, we know that in this country, if you have your own private building which you want the public to use as residence, like a hotel, guest house or anything, you are forced to register that residence with the Ghana Tourist Board, that is, to give it that recognition. So if this should apply to the public, then why should we
not give the university the right to really have some amount of control over where their students sleep?
If the ordinary public have control over where they sleep as a hotel or a guest house and is being sanctioned by an authority, why should that right not be given to an institution like the university, to at least, have access or be able to have a say in whatever or wherever its students are? I think that is very, very important and if we do take this control or responsibility from the university, I do not think we would be doing service to ourselves.
I therefore, think that the amendment should be accepted.