UTAG threatens to churn out mediocre graduates if…

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The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has threatened to

produce half-baked graduates for the country by going to classrooms

without having concluded negotiations on the Book and Research


It said it is fed up with government's attitude towards paying the

allowances for the 2013/2014 academic year.

"We are fed up with this annual thing of having to go through this

process," remarked Dr Langbong Bimi, the President of the University

of Ghana branch of UTAG.

"We are taking the country through a lot of hell, and the students are

suffering and we parents ourselves are suffering and as lecturers,

nobody is interested in this."

Dr Bimi was speaking to TV3's Daniel Opoku in an interview on Monday,

August 11, 2014.

He pointed out that lecturers should matter-of-factly be demanding for

the Book and Research Allowances for the 2014/2015 academic year in

addition to those of 2013/2014 since technically the academic year

began August 1.

"[As] school reopens, we [can] either go and produce half-baked

graduates [who are] mediocre or we don't work until we get," he


UTAG has been on strike since Thursday, July 24 after complaining

about unpaid allowances. A proposal to set up a National Research Fund

with a seed money of GH¢15 million has been rejected by the lecturers.

The strike action has forced some institutions, notably the University

of Cape Coast, to postpone reopening date indefinitely.

Dr Bimi advised all other public institutions to follow suit since the

strike is a marked departure from previous years' – which were

declared while school was in session.

"Any university should reconsider shifting the reopening date," he advised.

"Last year, UTAG went on strike while some universities were already

in session. So, after 21 days there was this problem of we shutting

down or not shutting down. This time we embarked on the strike before

a single university could reopen."

He asked management of the various universities to be proactive and

call off reopening dates.

"It will be out of place for any university to go ahead and reopen

knowing very well that UTAG is on strike, and we have withdrawn all

teaching services."


Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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