The University of Ghana (UG) has called off the upcoming final Examinations for continuing students and also adjourned the resumption date for some students.
The Business and Executive Committee of the University of Ghana at its meeting of 6th August, 2021, decided to postpone the upcoming Level 100 and Level 400 Second Semester 2020/2021 Academic Year Examinations due to the on-going UTAG strike actions.
Additionally, the resumption of the Level 200 and Level 300 batches for the Second Semester, 2020/2021 has been adjourned indefinitely.
According to the Management of the University, they remains open for now, and academic activities will resume when services are restored.
In a Statement signed by the Registrar of the University Emelia Agyei-Mensah (Mrs.), the University has therefore informed stakeholders that, they will be kept updated on any developments.
The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has declared an indefinite nationwide strike effective 2nd August, 2021 due to what they described as poor conditions of service.
The Association has also directed all members on campuses to withdraw all academic and related activities such as teaching, examination, invigilation, marking of examination scripts, processing of examination results etc., until further notice.
According to Prof Charles Marfo, National President and Dr Eric K.K. Abavare, National Secretary, the industrial action is against the government on the grounds of its failure to address the worsening conditions of UTAG’s members within an agreed period.
A statement co-signed by the same national executives dated 15 July 2021, indicated “Specifically, negotiation of our conditions of service, which was started some two years ago and was early this year scheduled to end by the end of this month, July 2021, has overly been delayed with no end in sight,” adding: “In our last meeting with government, UTAG strongly indicated to the government that if by the agreed date of the end of negotiations – i.e. 31 July 2021 – no agreement is reached, the association would have no option but to resort to indefinite strike”.
Meanwhile, the Senior Staff Association of Universities of Ghana has also declared a strike effective the same day thus; 2 August 2021 in connection with the failure by the government resolve issues concerning their conditions of service.
The association also accused the government of “contemptuous and total disregard to the National Labour Commission’s (NLC) directives on January 28, 2021, upon hearing from both parties to resolve all our concerns within a three-month stipulated period, which also regrettably elapsed on March 31, 2021, repugnantly.”