Ghana University Indefinite Strike
University students anticipate the return of their lecturers after they embarked on an indefinite strike.
The action by university teachers in Ghana entered week five, but the decision on whether the industrial action is over or not is not yet clear.
Despite the fact that Peter Nortsu-Kotoe, the ranking member on the education committee in parliament, revealed that UTAG leadership agreed to call off the strike, UTAG stated that they would first consult their members before making any decision.
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What happened in the Education Committee meeting?
The meeting for parliament, which happened on the 17th of February 2022, involved UTAG leaders, education committee members and the Minister of Education, who was then Labour Minister.
According to the ranking member on the committee, Peter Nortsu-Kortoe, they tasked the Education Minister to resolve outstanding issues within one week and report back to the committee.
As a committee, we gave them a week after UTAG called off the strike to conclude negotiations and report back to the committee, Nortsu-Kortoe revealed.
Stakeholders in the meeting appeal to UTAG said that they should call off the strike on the condition that the government would sit down with them immediately so that they would resolve the outstanding matters.
The education ministry gave assurance that they would ensure that they would resolve the teachers’ concerns.
The education committee, after the meeting, said they hoped that university lecturers would return to class on the 21st of February 2022.
But UTAG said this was not the case, and they would meet with them plus the members to discuss what they would do.
“The decision on whether to call off the strike is one of the decisions as leaders to take.
“This requires the larger NEC to decide.” We, as national officers, are unable to do so. We would go back and consult; that is the only way, “he added.
Some university students started preparing for class after initial claims that teachers would return by next Monday, but the excitement did not last.