The government has been described as being insensitive to the plight of Technical University Teachers and the welfare of the students says Dr. Anthony Ayakwah, Chairman Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG), Koforidua Technical University (KTU) chapter.
He said they have realized that the government has been silent on their conditions of service for some years now, which is key in guiding them as employees on their benefits and other relevant conditions related to their work.
Explaining to Kwaku Aboagye Apenteng on Freedom Radio’s ‘Yen Man ‘show on the recent sit-down strike by TUTAG, he stated that for now, they have suspended teaching, invigilation, and any other related services as part of the strike, however, research, supervision and community service is still ongoing in the institutions.
According to him, the government has been deceiving them to resume, whenever they go on strike, however, they have demanded their conditions of service, but the government has refused to heed their call.
Dr. Ayarkwa was of the view that the National Labour Commission (NLC) has confronted the government to address the issue, however, two years down the line they have not been able to enforce that ruling, knowing well what the government is doing is wrong.
Indicating that, the only thing that could compel them to return to the lecture hall is when the government takes them to court, however they were planning to take the government to court to compel them to fix their conditions of service.
Currently, Technical Universities are in the second semester of the 2020/2021 academic year, however, they have finished writing examinations.
Story by Kwame Akoto/ freedomradiogh.com