Ghana: State-run universities suspend exams due to lecturers’ strike

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End of semester exams have been suspended in most tertiary institutions in Ghana due to the ongoing strike by university teachers.

Leadership of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) on Monday, directed its members to lay down their tools in protest against the government.

In view of this, the University of Ghana (UG), in a press statement said, “the Business and Executive Committee of the University of Ghana at its meeting of 6the August, 2021, decided to postpone the upcoming Levels 100 and 400 Second Semester 2020/21 Academic Year Examinations.”

The UG also announced that the resumption of Levels 200 and 300 students for the Second Semester 2020/21 Academic Year has also been adjourned.

The University, however, remains open, although academic activities will resume when UTAG’s strike ends, the statement signed by a Registrar of the University Emelia Agyei-Mensah (Mrs) said.

Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, has also issued a similar statement announcing a suspension of the End of Semester Exams.

The statement signed by a Deputy Registrar, Academic Affairs, Mrs Margaret Dzisi, said, “due to the ongong strike action by UTAG, the End of Semester Examinations, originally scheduled for Monday, 9th August, 2021 to Friday, 20th August, 2021, have been temporarily suspended.”

The statement said a new schedule would be communicated in due course.

Why is UTAG on strike?

The lecturers are asking the government to restore the conditions of service agreed upon with the government in 2012.

The 2012 conditions of service pegged that basic plus market premium of a lecturer at $2,084.

UTAG has complained that the current arrangement has reduced its members’ basic market premiums to $997.84.

SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH AND NEWS AGENCIES

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