University students demand speedy resolution of government/TUTAG impasse

Deborah Osei-Twum/Evans Quayson, GNA

Takoradi, Jan 21,
GNA – Students of Takoradi Technical University (TTU) have called on Government
to expedite processes towards meeting leadership of Technical Universities
Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) to resolve their impasse.

The call follows
fear expressed by a cross-section of the students that another strike action
could erupt, if the impasse was not tackled immediately and lasting solutions

Though a visit by
the Ghana News Agency to the University showed that both lecturers and students
were back on campus for academic work, the Student Representative Council (SRC)
Women’s Commissioner, Ms Benedicta Betty Abbey, expressed fear that the
lecturers might strike again, if government did not speed up with the process
of meeting the teachers for redress.

She also said the
strike action altered the academic calendar, putting students in difficult

“We had to go for
lectures and learn within eight weeks, and proceed to write our final exams,
but now we have only one week to prepare,” she said, and also indicated
that level 300 students experienced a decrease in their project work.

Some students said
most supervisors did not assist their students writing research work and
expressed worry that poor quality work might be produced at the end.

The students said
they were badly hit with new accommodation arrangements on campus as the hostel
managers were expecting additional payments.

Members of TUTAG are
demanding Government increase their emoluments to commensurate the upgrade of
polytechnics to university status culminating in a sit down strike.

The strike, which
re-ignited on January 6 this year has, however, been called off and both
students and lecturers returned to campus to commence academic work.