The government has assured university students it is addressing concerns of lecturers in order to end their two-week long strike that has left students stranded on campuses throughout the country.
Members of the University Teachers Association have been on strike since the beginning of October demanding increased salaries and the payment of salary arrears. An additional week will require the universities to restart the academic year all over again as per the universities statutes.
But Deputy Education Minister, Dr. J.S. Annan and Deputy Information Minister Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa who visited the University of Ghana, Legon, on Thursday to interact with students at various halls assured them the government was equally concerned about their plight and would do all it can to ensure the impasse is resolved and lectures resume in earnest.
And they were emphatic that the universities will not close down.
“We have all been concerned. We have all been working together with the Ministry of Finance, the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission, National Labour Commission, Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare and of course your mother ministry, Ministry of Education. We are here to communicate with you, that don’t be worried, your future, your education and more importantly your investments, made by you and your parents and your supporters is safe… Let me also say that we are here to assure you that the university will stay opened. It won’t close down,” said the Deputy Education Minister.
He said all the stakeholders were meeting to find a solution to the impasse and end the strike.