Some lectures and educational workers are on strike pending proper talks with the government about their conditions of service.
Among them are University Teachers Association of Ghana, UTAG and Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana, CETAG.
In as much as the National Labor Commission has declared their strike illegal, they still hold on to making sure the government meets their demands of a better service condition.
The member of parliament for Builsa South and Deputy Ranking Member On Education, Dr. Clement Apaak has said the action demands a wider conversation among the parties involved.
He stated that, “The ongoing strike by Lecturers of our Public Universities has generated a wider conversation regarding our Public Universities”.
Hon Apaak added more in a statement.
The stalled conditions of service negotiations between University Teachers’ Association (UTAG) and Government, and the withdrawal of teaching and related services by University Lecturers is unfortunate.
However, the Lecturers cannot be blamed, Government must be held to account for failing to fulfil its obligations to the Lecturers.
Below are some of the issues affecting teaching and learning in our Public Universities.
Overburdened Lecturers due to large student numbers;
Poor condition of service of lecturers, leading to limited focus on the quality of teaching;
Limited research support and funding, leading to limited research output;
Lack of adequate infrastructure; lecture halls, residential facilities, office space etc;
Non provision of teaching aids such as laptops and horrible Internet and IT infrastructure and costs, in face of Covid;
Quality of students entering the universities challenging as some have poor English and writing ability.
Dr. Clement Apaak
M.P, Builsa South and Deputy Ranking Member On Education