The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), has expressed concern about the frequency of industrial actions carried out by the country’s tertiary institutions.
NUGS in a release signed by its President, Dennis Appiah Larbi-Ampofo stated that tertiary education in the country is heading toward danger as a result of the strikes.
NUGS says it came to that conclusion after a meeting held on December 5, 2022, with the National Executive Council to consider the current state of strike actions.
It follows five educational workers unions across all public universities and all Colleges of Education currently on strike.
They are; the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), the Technical University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (TUTAG), The Colleges of Education Teachers Association of Ghana (CETAG), Teachers and Educational Workers Union of Ghana (TEWU), and the Technical University Senior Administrators’ Association of Ghana (TUSAAG).
The release stated that “the consequence of these mass strike actions is devastating with major academic and administrative activities such as teaching, marking, transcript release, admission processes, and graduation processes affected. Tertiary education in Ghana has almost been brought to a halt.”
“Even more disheartening is the impact on private Universities who are affiliated to various public Universities now unable to graduate students due to striking actions in the minoring public universities who arc to facilitate these processes,” NUGS added.
According to NUGS, the continued inability of the Ministry of Education to resolve the issues with the striking unions is fuelling growing unrest and frustration among students and the entire Educational system.
As a result, they called on the Ministry of Education and all other stakeholders to act with urgency to find an amicable resolution to the issues to prevent further disruption to the academic and educational structures.