Ghana’s technical education in crisis after university admins join TUTAG strike


Senior administrators in Ghana’s Technical Universities will from Monday, October 21, 2019 withdraw their services in protest of poor working conditions.

The workers, who are members of the Technical University Senior Administrators Association of Ghana (TUSAAG) is next to join teachers in these universities who had announced an indefinite strike on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

Technical university teachers are protesting against what they describe as poor working conditions after Polytechnics were converted into a University status.

The lecturers, who belong to the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) say enough has not been done to resolve their grievances.

But another group known as Technical University Senior Administrators Association of Ghana (TUSAAG), also announced a sit-down strike on Friday, October 18, 2019.

TUSAAG, who is on the same page with TUTAG are among other things calling on government to migrate their members to the Public Universities Salary structure.

“TUSAAG is concerned about the deliberate non-involvement of our Union in meetings to discuss issues bothering on our migration of staff of the Technical Universities. We have written letters to the National Council for Tertiary Education seeking audience to discuss concerns of TUSAAG members on the migration of staff but have received no responses to our letters”, a statement signed by the Association’s National President, Edem K Honu read.

“We are of the view that government is deliberately delaying the full migration of staff of the Technical Universities in order to distort remunerations to staff and continue to treat Technical Universities as second fiddle within the public university system”, parts of the statement continued.

Ghana’s Parliament passed a bill converting the polytechnics to full-fledged universities in August 2016.

The institutions are the Accra, Ho, Koforidua, Sunyani, Kumasi, Takoradi, Cape Coast and Tamale technical universities.

But it appears academic work in these universities in the West African country, could be distorted following the strike action.

DailymailGH checks across affected universities indicate that lecture halls were virtually empty during instructional hours.

At the Kumasi Technical University, some students who spoke to DailymailGH said the situation is disturbing.

They want government’s immediate intervention.

By J. Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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