Academic activities have ground to a halt in Technical Universities across the country as technical university teachers begin their indefinite strike. TUTAG is protesting among other things poor conditions of service and the frustrations the technical universities encounter in getting accreditation for academic programmes. They are also unhappy that tier two pension payment for members going on retirement has not started despite numerous promises by government.
Some students at the Takoradi Technical University told journalists they came to the lecture halls to meet the absence of their lecturers
“When we came to class there were no lecturers around to teach us so we just had to go home. Even though it is going to affect some parts of our academics, I think most of us are serious students so we will keep studying on our own, so that whichever time they come back we will continue with the lessons”. A student said.
They also lamented the impact the strike will have on their studies.
“For the strike, it is going to affect us badly because whenever they resume from the strike, there will be more pressure on us because we are not yet done with even half of the things that we need to learn for this semester. And whenever they come back they will try to do things in a hurry and that will really affect us in our studies”.
The students further appealed to government to address the grievances of the lecturers.
“We are appealing to the government, through the Ministry of Education and the Labour Commission to address the grievances of TUTAG. If the demands they are making is excessive, the respective agencies should sit with the members of TUTAG and see how best they can address the issue and bring us back into the classroom”.
Checks across the country revealed a similar situation at the various Technical Universities as the lecturers refuse to maintain their stance despite a directive from the National Labour Commission for them to return to the classrooms.