The Executive Director of Africa Education Watch, Mr Kofi Asare after the University Teachers Association of Ghana in early August told members to suspend teaching-related activities has begged UTAG to end the strike action.
The Education Economist in a post sighted by EducationWeb.com.gh urged the Teachers Association to call off the industrial action to enable the various public universities to conduct the final examinations for level 400 students.
“Our Double Track tertiary academic year is already pregnant with enough stress to accommodate this avoidable one too. This strike must end this week for exams to start,” the Executive Director for the Education Think Tank stated.
According to Kofi Asare, the central government knowing well that the UTAG strike was caused by its own unfulfilled agreement with the teachers over a decade has been busy trying to use the courts to whip UTAG back to work.
For him, the University Teachers Association is adamant because they see bad faith and leading to mistrust. “They are both litigating over UTAG’s right to go on strike, while the real issues that occasioned the strike lay fallow,” he added.
“What worsens the matter is the ‘there is no money blanket response from the government when UTAG knows there is enough money to increase salaries of Article 71 department of state,” the Education policy analyst said in his post.
He said the Government of Ghana and University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) must end the court process and begin negotiating a road map to ensure the university teachers concerns are addressed.
“They must leave the Court and begin negotiating a road map. Even if there isn’t money to fulfil the government’s outstanding obligation this year, agreeing to start paying from next year with effect from 2021 should bring some progress,” he suggested.
But, the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has said all public universities in the country after twenty-one (21) days of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) industrial action will be closed down.