The thirteen(13) public Universities in Ghana are at risk of a possible closure after weeks of academic inactivity.
University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) on January 10, 2022 embarked on an industrial strike which was unanimously agreed by 15 member branches leaving students stranded and wandering across the various public universities.
The public universities on strike include Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration(GIMPA), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology(KNUST), University of Education Winneba (UEW), University for Development Studies (UDS), University of Cape Coast (UCC), University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), University of Ghana (UG), University of Health and Allied Sciences(UHAS), University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), University for Professional Studies (UPSA), Cape Coast Technical University (CCTU), Wa Technical University, Bolgatanga Technical University.
Currently National Labor Commission (NLC), Government and UTAG are yet to come to a consensus agreement after the latter is still bend on getting all their demands before they return from strike.
NLC has rubbished UTAG strike by tagging it as an illegality.
The minacious aspect of this whole strike is that all the above mentioned public Universities maybe closed down if the strike still hold till 1st February, 2022.
The strike is nearing its 21-day ultimatum for the continuous suspension of academic activities.
By statutes, public universities must be closed down after 21 days of non-academic work.
Will UTAG succumb to pressure and return to lecturing or they will still hold fort and fight for what is due them? Only time will answer this inexplicable questions.
Source: Osman Nuhu/ Ghanaontheglobe.com