USAG Gives Government 2days To Address UTAG, SSAG &UoG Issues And Appeals To The Leadership Of The Unions to Consider The Plight Of students
University Student Association of Ghana(USAG) held a press conference this afternoon about the nationwide strike that is being embarked by UTAG, SSA and FUSSAG. The closure of schools stalled almost all academic activities in the country. During this period, students could not enjoy the best of academic life. One would have thought however, that the reopening of schools in June2020wasanopportunity for students especially, those in the Universities to recoup all the precious days lost.
In a communique which was shared with Equi Gh media, On 11th September 2020, just barely three months into the reopening of schools by the President of the Republic, the National Executives of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) threatened to embark on a nationwide strike over what they called “Delay in the Payment of UTAG’s Books and Research Allowances”.
The latest of this cycle of strike actions is the one declared by UTAG and SSA-UoG on Wednesday, 28th July 2021, and Friday 30th July, 2021 respectively. In their press statements, these most important pillars in the teaching and learning as well as administrative work in the various academic offices have officially laid down their tools and have promised never to return anytime soon. Friends in the media, the saddest aspect is that the current strike has no timelines as it is indefinite. This move does not only threaten the psychological well-being of students as they fear for their future, but it also casts in stone the quality of education this country is giving or ready to give to its citizens. The press statement from the government signed by Hon Bright Wireko Brobey is not refreshing enough as it lacks specificity and definite timelines. It is high time the government showed more seriousness in this matter, the better for all stakeholders. UTAG has had cause to complain on numerous occasions about the unwillingness on the part of the government to negotiate as demonstrated in the sending of representatives of Ministers who lack the authority to commit to any meaningful conclusions any time these engagements come up. This is unacceptable and cannot and should not be allowed to continue.
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