By Jones Kwabena Ayim – October 11, 2019
Mr. Kuntogli Ngmenumbu Sulemani, the Students’ Representative Council, SRC, President of Takoradi Technical University is begging members of the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana, TUTAG to call off their indefinite strike action.
Although he admits that the lecturers are justified in demanding improved conditions of service, he is of the view that prolonging the strike action could adversely affect the academic calendar which will in the end affect the students, especially the freshers, hence his plea for the lecturers to suspend the strike action and continue negotiations with government for amicable resolution of the impasse.
TUTAG declared indefinite strike action on Monday October 7, 2019 to press government for salary increases and improved conditions of service after eight polytechnics were upgraded to the status of technical universities in 2016.
The Association also expressed disappointment over the downgrade of some of the lecturers without waiting for the National Council for Tertiary Education, NCTE, to submit its report on the verification of TUTAG members’ certificates to determine their status.
But the SRC President of Takoradi Technical University, Mr. Kuntogli Ngmenumbu Sulemani told Rok News that the student body shares the concerns of their lecturers and expects government to respond positively.
“It is painful if you are denied what is due you for the work you do. Our lecturers at the technical universities deserve equal pay structure like their colleagues at UCC, KNUST or any public university who have the same academic qualifications”, Mr. Sulemani said.
The SRC President also expressed disappointment over the GHC 15, 00 monthly rent allowance government pays to the lecturers, questioning “Can GHC 15.00 even buy enough water for we the students, let alone rent allowance for lecturers”?
Notwithstanding his unhappiness, Mr. Kuntogli Ngmenumbu Sulemani is pleading with the lecturers to consider the plight of the students and soften their stance. He said the national students’ body is in talks with the relevant stakeholders to bring an end to the disturbing phenomenon.