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Parents of Achimota Preparatory pupils in contempt of court for protesting closure of school – GES

Angry parents of pupils of Achimota Preparatory protest school's closure by  GES

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has condemned the decision by some parents of pupils of the Achimota Preparatory to besiege the school’s premises to protest the locking up of the school by GES officials.

Last Friday, officials of the GES in the Okaikwei North District locked up offices and classrooms of the Achimota Preparatory School, following a court order received by the service to take over the management of the school.

Speaking to Citi News, the Greater Accra Regional PRO of the GES, Peter Abledu Golden said the parents’ protest was in contempt of court.

“We came out with a court order and the writ of possession was filed to that effect and that is what was executed on Friday. This morning, the children were supposed to be in school for teaching and learning to take place. I was here to see how the learning was going, only to see parents in disagreement with the action. I have listened to their concerns but what they are doing is in contempt of court. We are in an era where, when you are even aggrieved, you will have to follow a channel. The engagement is still going on. We will engage them and there will be peace here.”

Meanwhile, the Tesano Divisional Police Commander, ACP Oduro Amanning, has implored the disgruntled parents to vacate the school premises and resort to dialogue with the various stakeholders in resolving the matter.

“I have listened to their concerns. They should go back home, keep cool and see what will come out of the situation. Definitely, something better will come out of the situation.”

The court’s order was given on March 2020, according to a statement from the GES.

The Service explained that the land and building being occupied by the Achimota Preparatory School formed part of Achimota School Land per the Achimota School Ordinance No. 7 & 1948.

The preparatory school was established during the colonial era and for the children of some expatriates, staff of Achimota School and the University College of the Gold Coast.

Over time, the expatriates left the management of the school in the hands of locals who, from time to time, form a management committee to run the school as a private institution.

APS has been operating that model to date.

GES explained that “sometime in the 1960s, Achimota School granted a lease to APS to allow it to operate from the premises, which expired in 1970.”

In January 2020, amid the contentions, the Parent-Teacher Association of the Achimota Preparatory School said it would resist attempts by the GES to take over the school.

It has also accused the GES of acting in bad faith in the matter.

Source:citinewsroom

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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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