Some students of the Accra Technical University have called on the government to find a lasting solution to the annual strike actions embarked on by their lecturers.
This comes after the lecturers of technical universities in Ghana declared an indefinite strike action over what they call poor conditions of service.
In an interview with Citi News, some of the students bemoaned the impact of the strike action on academic work.
One gentlemen said: “Frankly speaking, it’s not a good thing because it feels like it has become a custom that every year they [the lecturers] have to go for indefinite strike. I always believe that when two elephants are fighting in the forest, it’s always the ant or grass that suffers. If the government and TUTAG do not come to a consensus to end this strike, it will go a long way to affect us [the students] on campus.”
“It’s becoming a menace which has to be curbed. Some of us are in the final year and have to begin our projects. They are not doing anything about it. If they decide to go on strike, it will affect us. They would have to at least pay more attention to us [the final students],” another lamented.
Technical University Teachers Association Ghana (TUTAG) declared a strike on Monday over unpaid allowances and demands for improved conditions of services.
Although the Education Ministry has appealed to the association to back down on the strike with claims that its members have been provided with every other necessary service, TUTAG has ignored these calls.
According to them, the strike will still continue till something positive comes out from a scheduled meeting on Thursday with the Deputy Minister of Employment, Bright Wireko-Brobby.
President of the association Dr. Solomon Keelson said: “We met Honourable [Bright Wireko-Brobby] together with his team and he said that he has listened to what we have. The minister said by Thursday we’ll meet and hear from them. By that time, we would have made some statements to him. He is also going to bring some institutions together; all those that need to be involved and then we’ll start talking.”