Students appeal to government to settle teachers’ grievances

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Students of Sunyani Technical University (STU) have appealed to the government to, as a matter of urgency, settle the grievances of the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG).

In an interview with Ark FM’s Adwoa Yeboah on campus, the worried students noted that the strike action by the teachers if not resolved would have adverse effect on their studies just as a similar action sometime ago did.

They expressed regret that the decision by the Administrators of Technical Universities to join TUTAG’s strike last Friday had compounded their plight

The TUTAG members declared a sit-down strike last October 7 over poor conditions of service following the conversion of Polytechnics into Technical Universities.

The striking lecturers are demanding for their inclusion in ongoing negotiations for an improvement in the working conditions of teachers in tertiary institutions and Mr Eric Degraft Otoo, their spokesman, has explained that their action was necessitated by the government’s failure to address their concerns.

He said the lecturers were not happy about alleged tactical delay strategies adopted by the National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE), Ministries of Education and Finance, Fair Wages and Salaries Commission and Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) on the migration of staff of technical universities to the Public Universities Salary Structure.

Several attempts made by our group to meet with these bodies for deliberations on concerns regarding the migration have proved futile, the spokesman added.

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