Prof. Yankah asks TUTAG to go back to the classroom


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A.B. Kafui Kanyi, GNA

Ho, Oct. 13, GNA –
Professor Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education has
asked members of the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG)
to demonstrate goodwill and go back to the classroom.

He said “a
continued strike action is no longer necessary since negotiations between TUTAG
and the Government have been smooth and just about ending.”

Prof. Yankah said
this in Ho at the investiture of Prof. Ben Honyenuga as the first Vice-Chancellor
of the Ho Technical University (HTU).

TUTAG last Tuesday
declared an indefinite nationwide strike over poor working conditions following
the conversion of Polytechnics into Technical Universities.

Prof. Yankah said
talks were ongoing and that “loose ends will indeed be tied early next
week,” and asked the lecturers to avoid derailing the academic calendar.

The Minister
reiterated government’s commitment to ensuring that technical universities
conformed to the norms and culture of universities and reassured that all
welfare issues were being addressed.

He commended HTU for
taking good lead in Competency Based Training and announced that government
would soon provide state-of-the-art laboratory equipment to some selected
technical and vocational institutions including the Ho Technical University.

Prof. Honyenuga, the
first Vice-Chancellor of HTU said he would provide quality leadership and
reposition the University as a global player with focus on research and

He promised to
resuscitate the production units and departments of the University to elicit
appropriate financial returns to support its Internally Generated Fund.

Prof. Emmanuel James
Flolu, Council Chairman, HTU, called for unity among staff and faculty and
support for the new Vice-Chancellor.