Public universities to be shutdown as UTAG strike enters third week

As the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) protest enters its third week, public universities across the country are at risk of being shut down.

The walkout is approaching the end of its 21-day deadline for academic activity to be suspended indefinitely.

Public universities are required by law to close after 21 days of non-academic employment.

Despite the National Labour Commission’s (NLC) determination that the strike is illegal, UTAG has chosen to continue its walkout indefinitely.

That decision was reached after the Association’s 15 campuses conducted separate emergency meetings in which each expressed their dissatisfaction with the mandate.

In a statement dated January 19, 2022, the group said, “the members have unanimously resolved to continue with the withdrawal of teaching and related services until further notice. By this cover note, all members are entreated to remain calm.”

Academic work has stalled for barely a month since students reported to their respective campuses across the country.

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This is due to the nationwide industrial action by UTAG, which is already biting hard and having a toll on academic calendars and students alike.

Among other things, UTAG wants government to reconsider the payment of its annual research allowance to a more realistic allowance “as this is critical to our research output, promotion and ultimately national development.”

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