The University of Ghana chapter of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has indicated that, it is inappropriate for them to resume academic work only to break after few days.
In a letter addressed to the Registrar of the University, signed by Professor Ransford E.V Gyampo (UG-UTAG Secretary), the membership has two reasons for rejecting the call.
Firstly, it mentioned the mass rejection of the decision of the National Executive Council (NEC) of UTAG to suspend the strike by majority of public universities in Ghana.
According to the letter, this makes it not prudent to commence teaching for few days, only to resume the strike again, given the toll this may likely impose on students and parents.
Secondly, the UG-UTAG mentioned the trust deficit between UTAG and Government as another reason for declining the call to resume academic work.
The membership indicated that, it is their preference to see the outcome of the talks/engagements initiated by the government to resolve the impasse before they return to the classroom.
The National Executive Council (NEC) of UTAG had earlier indicated that, UTAG would suspend its strike action, pending approval from it’s members from the fifteen (15) member universities.
A five day polls was initiated, to allow members decide whether or not, they would accept the decision of NEC. However, results emanating from majority of the campuses where elections has been conducted already indicates a massive rejection of the decision from NEC to call off the strike.
Following the release from NEC of UTAG, indicating the suspension of the strike action pending approval from members, the Registrar of the University of Ghana directed that, academic works should resume on Monday, February 28, 2022.