To address the concerns of the tertiary unions, the Ministry of Education says a series of meetings will be held between the government, striking members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), and the Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana CETAG.
The sessions, according to Kwesi Kwarteng, the Education Ministry’s Public Relations Officer, are necessary in order to establish an agreeable solution.
On all campuses, UTAG members are on strike to push the government to restore the service conditions agreed upon in 2012. CETAG members also went on strike earlier this year in all 46 public colleges of education, claiming that the government had failed to fulfill the 2017-2020 conditions of service, as established in a Memorandum of Understanding between CETAG and the government.
“Government, particularly the Education Ministry, is willing to engage the striking unions further on some of the concerns they have raised. We expected that the issue would have been settled by now following negotiations so far.”
“UTAG for instance may have been quick to declare the strike, considering the discussions at play. Nevertheless, we are willing to engage them.”
Mr. Kwarteng said the meetings will be held though the NLC has declared the industrial action as illegal.
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