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It’s time you do the needful – NUGS tells govt over UTAG strike

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The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) following the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) decision to embark on strike on Monday has said call on the government to do the needful to meet the teachers’ demands.

President of the Union, Yiadom Boakye in a post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh said the Teachers over the decade have demonstrated utmost good faith in negotiation with the government on matters relating to conditions of service.

“They demonstrated the same 6 months ago when they called off the initial strike for academic activities to continue. It’s high time the central government met their demands,” the Students Union President said on Sunday.

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His comment comes after the Teachers Association announced to embark on a nationwide industrial action on Monday, January 10, 2022, over the Government of Ghana (GoG) failure to address their conditions of service.

He said his outfit last year petitioned UTAG) and Senior Staff Association – Universities of Ghana (SSA-UoG) to call off their strike action but this time the government should immediately address their concerns of the lecturers.

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Speaking in an interview with GHOne TV in 2021, the President of the Union, Emmanuel Boakye Yiadom begged the university lecturers as a matter of urgency to return to the classroom to continue academic works.

“We will continue appealing to our lecturers as a matter of urgency, they should return to the classroom and also the central government should listen to the demands and pleads of UTAG and SSA-UoG,” Mr Boakye stated.

The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) leader added, “we are also appealing to parties not to enter into negotiations with entrenched positions since that’ll mar the process.”

In a related development, the Colleges of Education Teachers Association (CETAG) on January 10, 2022, will meet the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission (GTEC) to discuss matters relating to their conditions of service.

Teachers in the 46 public Colleges of Education Thursday embarked on a strike action to register their displeasure over arrears and the central government’s failure to implement the 2017-2020 condition of service.

“The Association has resolved to withdraw teaching as stipulated in the conditions for Colleges of Education effective Thursday, January 6, 2022. Members are to comply with the directive until further notice,” it said in the statement.

But, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Education, Kwasi Kwarteng has said the Ministry of Finance (MoF) is currently working to settle the allowance owed the teachers for them to call off the strike action immediately.

“We can assure the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG) that by the end of January this year their owed allowance will be paid, the Finance Ministry has issued clearance for the payment,” the spokesman said.

Source: Educationweb.com.gh

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