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GES must enforce rules to prevent discrimination in schools – Muntaka

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The Muslim Caucus in Parliament has called for the enforcement of rules that will address discrimination against students on the basis of religion in Senior High Schools.

A member of the caucus, Muntaka Mubarak on Eyewitness News, said the enforcement of such laws by the Ghana Education Service (GES) will allow students to practise their religion without being discriminated against.

“We are worried about the sheer disregard to the concerns of others. We are worried about all the efforts we have made and the assurance by the presiding bishop. We are shocked. The statement they have issued has really sent a shock to us, and we believe that GES has to enforce the rules because failure to enforce the rules means everybody will have to do his own thing and I do not think that will augur well for our co-existence and unity as a country.”

Wesley Girls’ High School has been criticized for preventing a Muslim student from fasting during the ongoing Ramadan.

The Methodist Church Ghana has also supported the school’s stance, saying it “cannot accede to the unilateral directive issued by the Ghana Education Service.”

The Asawase legislator said such developments might lead to the introduction of sharia law in Islamic schools if the GES fails to act.

“If GES fails [to enforce laws], they will be setting another bad precedent. I can bet you most of the Islamic schools will begin to have sharia as their rules. I think that GES must stand its grounds and enforce its rules.”

The Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) of Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape Coast has also justified the school’s decision.

In a statement, the PTA indicated that the parents of the students accepted the school’s rules before enrolling their wards and, as such, the institution cannot be coerced into compromising its long-standing regulations on the basis of the students’ religious preferences.

“The school should not be forced to compromise its rules and regulations to accommodate students’ individual preferences which border on religion. This is unsustainable.”

It added that: “the school’s undertaking was clear, among other things about the fact that the School is a Methodist School and that students will have to abide by the school’s rules and policies. Importantly, the school’s no fasting rule is non-discriminatory, affecting the students of all faiths in the school.”

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KsTU students stranded as TUTAG embarks on strike

Students of the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU), are disappointed as they found empty classrooms, following an industrial action by the Technical University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (TUTAG).

The frustrated students, who were taken aback by the Teachers’ strike, had no option than to go back to their hostels and homes, deserting most of the faculties and departments on the Campus.

Members of the TUTAG officially laid down their tools on Monday, commencing a nationwide strike to register their protest against what they described as poor conditions of service.

According to the Association, the members had been marginalized for far too long, as they were denied due recognition, especially in the wake of the upgrading of polytechnics to university status.

“We want equal measure for the work we are doing as university lecturers just as our colleagues in the traditional universities are enjoying,” Dr. Collins Ameyaw, the KsTU Chapter Chairman of TUTAG, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi.

He said the leadership of the Association had tasked the members “not to teach, invigilate, mark examination papers and submit results, and also attend meetings of any of the Technical Universities.”

Dr. Ameyaw expressed worry at the cumbersome promotion processes TUTAG members were made to undergo, saying the difficulty in a lecturer at the Technical University being promoted needed a review.

The Association is also demanding payment of members’ research arrears, which had been pending since the 2018/19 academic year.

“Though the government has agreed in writing that we are to enjoy the same conditions of service comparable to the traditional universities, this is yet to be implemented,” he told the GNA.

He cited how the ‘Tier-Two’ pension payment for TUTAG members going on retirement had still not commenced, despite repeated promises by the government.

“TUTAG members are currently made to use a Scheme of Service that is harsh, compared to those existing in analogous institutions, thus slowing down the academic progression of members,” Dr Ameyaw lamented.

In his estimation, Technical Universities faced numerous frustrations in getting accreditation for their academic programmes, thus hindering their academic growth, and this required drastic changes for quality tertiary educational delivery.

Source:GNA

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Lecturers of Technical Unis meet gov’t as negotiations for conditions start June 29

Technical university teachers begin strike today

The President of the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG), Dr. Akurugu Bingana says negotiations with government on their conditions of service will begin on June 29, 2021.

According to him, the association was able to secure a letter to this effect after a meeting with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations amidst their ongoing strike action.

Members of TUTAG are currently on strike, which kicked off on Monday, June 14, 2021. They are protesting against poor working conditions and the frustration technical universities encounter in getting accreditation for academic programmes.

The National Labour Commission had earlier ordered the leadership of TUTAG to appear before it on June 16 to be heard and possibly have their concerns addressed.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, the president of TUTAG said they had a positive response after a meeting with representatives of the Employment Ministry, which had the Ministry of Education and Finance in attendance.

“The new development is that at the end of the meeting with the Employment Ministry and Labour Relations in which we had Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance and Fair Wages all representing, we have at least secured a letter indicating that we will be starting negotiations on our conditions of service on the 29th of June. This has been one of our issues, and it is good that we have been heard.”

On when the industrial action would be called off, Dr. Bingana said such a directive can only be taken at the association’s congress.

Academic work in the various technical universities nationwide came to a standstill following the strike by TUTAG.

Some students of technical universities, interviewed by Citi News on Monday, urged the government to have TUTAG’s issues resolved immediately so academic work could continue.

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Lecturers of Technical Universities declare nationwide strike

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The Technical Universities Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) has commenced a nationwide strike today, Monday, June 14, 2021.

Members of the association have been urged not to teach, invigilate or mark scripts. 

The strike came off despite a directive from the National Labour Commission (NLC) for members of TUTAG to call off the industrial action and come to the negotiation table.

The Association is protesting the poor conditions of service and the frustrations the technical Universities go through in attaining accreditation for academic programmes.

In an interview with Accra based radio station, Joy FM, the National President of TUTAG, Dr. Michael Akurugu, said the strike is in force pending the meeting with the Labour Commission on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

According to him, their expectation will strictly be based on a permanent solution to their condition of service.

“We’ve had an invitation from the National Labour Commission to appear on Wednesday together with the various parties that are more or less in charge of addressing the issues that we’ve raised”, he said

“TUTAG as a Union is expecting nothing more than the practical commencement of the solution of our problems. TUTAG is not interested in long meetings, TUTAG is not interested in promises, because we’ve gone past promises. We have a lot of documents to show that we have been doing the same thing over and over and yet yielding no results”, he added.

Meanwhile, the Senior Staff Association of Universities has resumed work today after a strike for almost three weeks over similar concerns.

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