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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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Soldiers, police allegedly assault protesting Kumasi Girls’ SHS students

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Some students of Kumasi Girls’ Senior High School in the Ashanti Region have alleged that they have been assaulted by a team of police and military officers deployed to the school to ensure calm on Monday evening.

The security personnel were to restore calm and order on the school’s premises after the students staged a protest over the insistence of school authorities on not allowing them to go home for the mid-term break, owing to a spike in COVID-19 cases in the country.

The school authorities’ position was in line with a new directive from the Ghana Education Service (GES) against the students being allowed to go home due to the virus.

But the students reportedly destroyed some school property in their protest, which led to military and police officers being deployed to restore peace.

The students however claim that the security operatives assaulted them.

Some of the students who spoke to Citi News on condition of anonymity said the soldiers broke into their locked dormitories, pulled them out and hit them with sticks.

Others said the soldiers stepped on them many times in the presence of their house mistresses.

“[On Monday] we started making noise, breaking veronica buckets and dustbins and other things, chanting that we wanted to go home and that we are starving… Later in the day, we were in the dormitory when soldiers came around and started hitting us with sticks and even if you are lying on your bed, they will pull you down and cane you. They stepped on people’s abdomen,” one student said.

She added that, “We don’t know what we did wrong. It is very bad. Our school authorities were standing there idle, and none of them even pleaded that we are girls, so they should stop.”

Another student, a prefect, recounted that the soldiers banged on dormitories and broke into them before proceeding to hit students with sticks.

“They banged doors, broke into dormitories and hit students. Some have red eyes and face now,” she said.

Another student said the school’s management has since informed them that they can go home.

Calm has since returned to the school.

Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, who has also been speaking on the incidents where students from separate schools protested, told Citi News that so far he is not aware that any student has been assaulted.

Source:citinewsroom

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Ban visitors from Achimota School: GHS in COVID-19 fight

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has directed that visitors be restricted at the Achimota Senior High School to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection in the School.

Boarders are also not allowed to leave the premises of the School.

Dr Franklin Asiedu- Bekoe, Director of Public Health at the GHS, told the Ghana News Agency in an Interview in Accra on Thursday that day students were allowed to come to school with strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols because they had been tested and statuses known.

He said as of Wednesday, July 8, a total of 1,118 persons had been tested in the School out of, which 163 had tested positive to the virus, 117 persons recovered and 46 persons active and undergoing treatment.

He said all those who tested positive to the virus were currently in isolation in the School or at an isolation center at the Pantang Hospital.

On July 4, the GHS announced at a media briefing that the Achimota Senior High School had recorded 135 positive cases of COVID-19, with a significant number of them caused by the Delta strain.

The earliest documented COVID-19 case caused by the delta variant (B.1.617.2) was first found in the Indian State of Maharashtra in October 2020 and has since spread widely throughout India and across the world.

Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director General of the GHS said as a measure to avert the further spread of the virus, the GHS had begun education on all COVID-19 infections and preventive protocols at the School.

He said the Service would also review cases daily and discharge eligible students and staff on isolation, based on GHS discharge policy.

”Together with the Ghana Education Service, there will be enforcement of Infection Prevention and Control protocols on campus as well as strategic testing of all the day students to identify and contain further community spread,” Dr Kuma-Aboagye said.

The Delta strain was first detected in Ghana in April 2021, among international arrivals at the Kotoka International Airport, and that the strain was detected in the community in July, he said.

He expressed worry over the non-adherence to COVID-19 protocols, saying; “The confirmation of the delta variant in the community can cause an increase in infections.”

Dr Kuma-Aboagye stressed the need to enforce existing protocols on COVID-19 and assured of access to vaccines for the general population.

He urged the public to mask up, observe social distancing and wash hands regularly with soap under running water.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) labelled the Delta strain a “variant of concern” (VOC) on May 11.

The variant is now present in about 80 countries, including Ghana, and it is the most transmissible coronavirus strain.

Symptoms of the Delta strain identified so far include headache, sore throat, runny nose and fever.

More “traditional” Covid-19 symptoms such as a cough and loss of smell is said to be much rarer now with younger people experiencing more of a bad cold.

The WHO has warned that the Delta variant was highly contagious and the fastest coronavirus strain that would “pick off” the most vulnerable people in places with low vaccination rates.

Source: GNA

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KNUST suspends SRC Elections, committee to investigate disturbances

Management of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has suspended, until further notice, all activities leading to the 2021 Students’ Representative Council (SRC) elections.

The decision, the authorities said, was necessitated by a clash between supporters of two aspirants from the University Hall and Unity Hall, known for their long-standing rivalry.

A statement issued by the authorities, signed by Dr Daniel Norris Bekoe, the University Relations Officer, copied to the Ghana News Agency on Sunday, said a committee “is to be constituted to thoroughly investigate the matter.”

The committee of enquiry, the statement said, would make appropriate recommendations for the University to act on.

It said investigations revealed that the vetting for the SRC elections, which commenced on Saturday, July 03, at the Great Hall, proceeded smoothly, until it got to the aspirants for the SRC Presidential slot when the clash occurred.

“One student is officially known to have sustained minor injury in his palm from a broken bottle and is undergoing treatment at the hospital,” the statement said.

Additionally, some chairs, flowerpots and glass doors at the Great Hall were damaged.

The statement assured all parents and stakeholders that calm had been restored on Campus and students were going about their normal duties peacefully.

“The University will continue to provide a safe and secure environment for productive academic work,” it said.

Source:GNA

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