By: Abdul-Rahman Musah
Presbyterian College of Education, painted the Akropong town red as they demonstrated against the government to settle the impasse between tutors of colleges of education and the government itself to bring back their tutors who have been on strike for close to a month now.
Boldly displayed on their placards were very emotional sentiment which they were drumming it hard for the government to hear. Cedi News captured a few of them. “We want our admission fee”, “We are in distress Nana Addo”, “All professionals can boast but it is the teacher who taught them all”, “Is the degree you promised this?”. “We need our tutors back”.
On the 26th November, 2018 the SRC secretariat of the college issued a press statement to drum their grievances to the government concerning how the indefinite strike has affected them. They raised concerns in their press release pertaining to how the strike has affected them. Speaking to the SRC President of the school, Frank Odame Frimpong he told cedi news that, the security issues of the school is very weak. He explained that since the tutors are on strike although the SRC body are trying hard to salvage the situation, students have befriended the entrance and has made it a point to go out of the school. He quizzes, will the government blame the students if something happens to them as a result of the governments adamant nature to listen and bring back their tutors to class?
He also added that the tutor’s strike has made them stranded. He explained that, the level 100 students admitted to the colleges of education does not even know their course outline neither do some know their programmes they are going to offer at the colleges. He hinted that their main purpose at the colleges are to be in their lecture halls for academic activities but here is the case their tutors are on strike as a result of their Market Premium and Research allowance.
Cedi News questioned him on his next action, he drummed it loud that if the government continue to lay on the fence on this matter and nothing is been done about it then tomorrow 28th November, 2018 the students have the right to go home! His statement was reechoed from the Teacher Trainees Association of Ghana’s (TTAG’S) letter sent to various principals of the colleges of education.
Cedi News went further and interviewed the TTAG vice president, Obinkuran Richard who appears to be a student of Presbyterian College of Education on the immediate possible action which his organisation is taking to address the issue which is now getting out of hand. He said, TTAG is still negotiating with the Minister of education to settle the impasse. He revealed that the executives of TTAG will be meeting the Minister of Education on Monday. We know it is pass 21 working days now and today is the 22nd day since the teachers left the lecture halls and as a matter of fact the semester is nullified but then, we will speak on the interest of the students if the Minister agrees to meet us on Monday and get their tutors back to class in January, he assures.