University students to demonstrate over ongoing UTAG strike

The Coalition of Concerned University Students (CoCUS), following the not ending soon UTAG strike has announced to stage a demonstration against the government for its failure to address the concerns of the university teachers.

In an interview with Accra-based Citi FM monitored by EducationWeb, the leader of the Students Coalition, George Kofi Abuah said his outfit will petition the Presidency and other relevant stakeholders in education to intervene in the strike.

According to him, The Coalition of Concerned University Students (CoCUS) has been approved by the Regional Command of the Ghana Police Service to embark on the impending demonstration over the UTAG industrial action.

“We have acquired all relevant requirements for the demonstration, we have approval from the Regional Command of the Ghana Police Service on our peaceful protest.

Hopefully, by tomorrow [Tuesday] midnight, key details regarding the intended demonstration will be concluded by the close of the day and communicated. But for now, we are sure it will be held this week,” George told Citi News.

He indicated university students on several occasions have petitioned the central government to address the concerns of the government university teachers but negotiations with the Teachers Association are still at a stalemate.

“We already pleaded with the government to intervene. But we still haven’t heard from them. Does it expect university students who have paid accommodation and school fees at exorbitant prices to sit idle all the while?” he questioned.

As the ongoing strike over the worsening condition of service enters the fourth week, public universities across the country are likely to be closed down indefinitely is in line with regulations governing public universities.

The regulations governing government universities state where there are no teaching and learning activities for 31 days after academic activities resume on campus, a public institution must be closed down.

Meanwhile, the National Labour Commission (NLC) describing the public university teachers industrial action as illegal has filed a lawsuit against the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG).

The NLC, among other things, has asked the court to force members of the University Teachers Association to suspend its nationwide strike action in all government universities as declared by the Commission on January 13, 2022.


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