Members of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) have called off their strike barely 24 hours after it began. With numerous cases of lecturers not turning up, the strike did not have any significant effect of academics. It was called off after the intervention of Vice Chancellors Ghana (VCG) following a closed-door meeting with UTAG’s leadership. The vice chancellors have resolved to find a lasting solution to the impasse at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW).
The strike by the lecturers was in solidarity with academia as they claim their freedom is being trampled upon. UEW has been embroiled in a court case that resulted in the ordering aside of the Vice Chancellor and the Chief Finance Officer with the reason that they were appointed by a University Council whose tenure had expired.
Though a new Council has been inducted into office, UTAG claims the two senior officers have not been called back, a situation the Association is concerned about. But after hours of meeting with VCG, UTAG National President Dr Harry Agbanu said: “We are going back to the classrooms from tomorrow”. They have given VCG two weeks to resolve the issues. Executive Secretary of VCG Peter Kaba assured the lecturers that all within their powers will be done to resolve the impasse within the agreed period.